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Keeping Catchy Infections Contained

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Disinfect High-Touch Areas

Germs can linger on hard surfaces for hours or days. That’s why it’s important to keep places like counters, sinks, and faucets clean. You’ll also want to wipe down phones, remotes, doorknobs, and light switches often.

Cover Your Mouth

Keep your germs to yourself. Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have one, use the inside of your elbow.

Don’t Share

Don’t eat or drink after anyone, even family. Don’t use each other’s lip balm or utensils. One of the fastest ways for germs to spread from person to person is by mouth.

We can’t promise you’ll never get sick, but follow these basic tips and your odds of catching -- or spreading -- illness will go way down.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 29, 2015
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