10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

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10 Ways to Win the War on Colds and the Flu

Use these tips to dodge the season’s coughs, sneezes, and fevers.

That's a fancy way of saying cover up when you cough! Cold and flu viruses spread via “respiratory droplets," which land on surfaces, get picked up, and eventually make their way to your eyes, nose, or mouth. Catch your cough or sneeze with a tissue—or use your elbow. Using your hand ups the odds of spreading the virus.

And for when a virus does strike…
If you have a fever over 100.5 or other bothersome symptoms, stay home and rest, says Furuya. Coughing and sneezing are the easiest ways to share whatever’s making you sick. Plenty of rest and fluids should kick most colds and flus within a few days, but if symptoms don’t begin to improve, or they worsen, within three days, see a doctor.

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