A surprise sneeze, cough, or snot from your nose needs to go somewhere: your hands. If you’re infected with a cold virus, the chances are high that the virus will spend some time on your hands. You use your hands to touch all kinds of things that other people may also touch—like door knobs, light switches, remote controls, tablets, stair railing, car seat belts, food containers in the refrigerator or pantry, pencils and pens, car steering wheels, and so much more. Keeping your hands clean and virus-free can help ensure that you’re not leaving germs around that could make others sick.2,5
10 Tips to Prevent Spreading Your Cold
When cold symptoms strike, you want relief, fast. DayQuil and NyQuil Cold & Flu can help relieve tough cold symptoms like fever, cough, and sore throat. Despite symptom relief from DayQuil and NyQuil, though, you’re probably still contagious to those around you. Take steps to make sure you’re not passing your cold virus to anyone else.
Cold viruses can be highly contagious and tend to infect people by entering bodies through their mouths, noses, and eyes.1 People often get infected with cold viruses when these viruses are in the air around them.2 Another common way for infection to occur is that a virus gets on someone’s hands, and the person then transfers the virus to the face, giving the virus the opportunity to enter the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Though cold viruses may be merely a nuisance to some, they can cause significant illness and death in others, especially the immunocompromised.3,4 It’s important that we all take simple measures to prevent the spread of colds. If you have a cold, there are several things you can do to help protect others from contracting the virus that is causing your symptoms.
Here are 10 simple ways you can decrease the chances of passing on your cold to other people.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Disinfect surfaces frequently.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Don’t sneeze or cough into the air.
- If you can’t use soap, use hand sanitizer.
- Don’t shake people’s hands.
- If you need to sneeze or cough around others, maintain physical distance.
- Throw your tissues away immediately.
- Wear a mask.
- Support the health of others in your home.
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