Cold and flu prevention methods are similar because both illnesses result when you are exposed to a virus.7
You can protect yourself from getting the common cold by following these CDC guidelines to help you reduce your risk of getting a cold1:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Keep your distance from people who are sick.
To protect others around you from getting the common cold, you should follow these CDC tips for cold prevention1:
• Stay at home while you are sick and keep children home.
• Don’t make close contact with other people – avoid hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
• Before you cough or sneeze, make sure that you are a safe distance away from people.
• Cough and sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve while completely covering your mouth and nose.
• Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, including toys and doorknobs.