8 Ways To Avoid A Cold

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There’s no sure-fire way to prevent yourself from catching a cold short of locking yourself away somewhere and avoiding all human contact, but there are some reasonable things you can do to lower your risk. Colds are caused by a virus that’s passed from person to person and direct contact is not necessary. You can catch a cold by handling something that a person who has a cold has recently handled. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold, and although there are things you can do to help ease your symptoms, getting over a cold is just a matter of waiting it out. Reduce your chances of catching one with these simple tips.

1. Wash Your Hands

You’ve heard it a thousand times but that doesn’t make it any less true. Anything you touch that others have been touching is going to transfer germs from them to you. Telephones, door knobs, and pencils are good examples, but it can be anything. Be conscious of things you touch and wash your hands as soon as it’s convenient. You don’t have to run to the washroom every 10 minutes, but since you have to go there every so often anyway, take a few minutes to wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. When you can’t make it to the washroom, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

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