How can you keep from getting a cold?

  • Wash your hands—especially before eating and preparing food, after using the bathroom, after wiping your nose, and after coming in contact with someone who has a cold.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and nose to prevent the spread of viruses from your hands.
  • Avoid contact with those who have a cold.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces (such as doorknobs) with a virus-killing disinfectant.
  • Use hand sanitizers when water is not available.
  • Get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise. This will strengthen your immune system and enable you to fight off infections easier.

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