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

Dodge the season’s coughs, sneezes, and fevers with these everyday habits.

Flu viruses enter your body via your nose, eyes, or mouth—and contaminated hands are most likely how they’ll get there. Lather up before eating or handling food, and wash more frequently when you hear hacking and sneezing on the other side of the cubicle. When using soap and water, it’s the friction that gets rid of germs, so the you scrub, the better. Lather up for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice) or keep an alcohol-based gel, like Purell, on hand.

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