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What can I do to protect myself from a cold-infected person?

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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.

Learn more about the cold and flu.

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