A Cold Is Contagious for Longer Than You’d Think

The winter months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold. Typically, symptoms of the common cold come on gradually, and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses.

According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve become sick. Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long to fully recover. Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on a cold:

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
  • Always cough and sneeze into your elbow—not your hands—to prevent spreading germs.

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