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How to Stop a Cold From Spreading

How to Stop a Cold From Spreading

Key Takeaways

  • If you are going to sneeze, use the inner part of your elbow or a tissue. This can prevent the virus from getting on your hands.

Colds can be stressful, uncomfortable and troublesome. To add to the woes, it spreads soon from one person to another in the family. It can disrupt the normal routines for almost a week with missed school or work, and sleepless nights.

How do you control the virus from spreading to everyone in your household? 

  1. Wash your hands – Washing your hands is the most important way to prevent the spread a cold. According to the CDC, 85% of the infectious diseases spread by touch. In the case of a cold virus, it gets the hands when we touch and from there it gains access to your eyes and mouth. It is in fact very difficult to get the virus out of the house. Washing and cleaning hands can prevent its spread, and can make everyone sick. Use gentle soap and water to clean the hands thoroughly. If you do not have access to water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer as a substitute.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth – Avoid covering your nose and mouth with your hands when you sneeze or cough. Instead, use the crook of your elbow or a tissue to cover up. This will prevent the virus from getting onto your hands.
  3. Disinfect – The virus that causes a cold remains alive on surfaces for hours. Disinfecting objects, like the tabletops, remote controls, door knobs, and toys can prevent the spread of the virus to a large extent.
  4. Use disposables – Sharing towels and cups when somebody has a cold can result in the spread of the virus. Try using paper products for a week to prevent the virus from spreading.
  5. Take care of yourself – Eat healthy food, sleep well, and reduce your stress. All of these tips will help to boost your immune system to fight a cold virus when it attacks.