With cold weather right around the corner, you may be concerned about falling victim to colds that run rampant throughout the cooler months. While fall and winter are a welcome relief from the sweltering heat of summer, the season change can also wreak havoc on your immune system — making it a good time to think about cold prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average adult will contract two or three colds this winter. But the good news is there’s a few things you can do to help avoid change-of-temperature colds and stay sniffle-free throughout the season.
Since most viruses are caught from hand-to-mouth contact, of the most effective (and easiest) ways to prevent colds is simply washing your hands properly and frequently. The Mayo Clinic recommends lathering up for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and keeping a bottle of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy, for the times you can’t wash your hands.
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