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How does touching your face cause sickness?

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Cold and flu viruses enter your body through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Teach your kids not to touch their faces -- and follow your own advice.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

Family Doctor: "Infections: Common Cold."

Medscape: "Viewpoint: Gargle your Colds Away."

MedlinePlus: "Common Cold." 

MedlinePlus: "Flu."

Charles B. Inlander, president, The People's Medical Society.

UpToDate: "Patient information: The common cold in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

CDC: "Preventing Seasonal Flu Illness."

MedlinePlus: "Exercise and Immunity."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

Family Doctor: "Infections: Common Cold."

Medscape: "Viewpoint: Gargle your Colds Away."

MedlinePlus: "Common Cold." 

MedlinePlus: "Flu."

Charles B. Inlander, president, The People's Medical Society.

UpToDate: "Patient information: The common cold in adults (Beyond the Basics)."

CDC: "Preventing Seasonal Flu Illness."

MedlinePlus: "Exercise and Immunity."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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