What can I do to protect myself from a cold-infected person?
If you know that someone has a cold, the best way to protect yourself is to limit your contact with him or her. The common cold is spread through a virus. A person who has a cold can transmit the virus into the air by coughing or sneezing. If you inhale the virus, you can become infected and catch a cold. Cold viruses can live on the skin, too, as well as on objects, such as telephones or keyboards. If you use an object that has been touched by a person who has a cold, you could pick up the virus and become sick. Staying away from a person who has a cold may not be an option. To protect yourself in that case, wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
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