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Health Tip: Keep Germs to Yourself

(HealthDay News) -- If you've got a cold, do your part to prevent spreading the virus to others.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice:

  • Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

  • Promptly throw away any used tissues.

  • If you can't get a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow rather than your hand.

  • If necessary, wear a facemask to protect others from infection.

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water aren't available, clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 7/24/2013
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