Now is the height of the cold season. One of the best ways to limit the spread of a cold is to follow a few common sense steps, when you are ill. We’re all taught as children that sharing is good, but when it comes to cold viruses, we’re all better off keeping them to ourselves. Here’s how to help avoid spreading the latest bug to family and friends.
Stay home if you are sick and keep sick kids home from school. Don’t spread the germs around your friends’ houses, churches, or businesses. You probably weren’t going to enjoy getting out with your head stuffed up, anyway. You’re better off staying home, getting plenty of rest and fluids, and going out in a day or two when the symptoms subside.

  1. When you are sick stay at home and don’t go out – not even to see friends or family.
  2. If there’s something that can’t wait, can you call from home and ask a friend to fill-in for you for a day?
  3. Remember, you’ll just slow everybody down even more if you give this cold to several friends or relatives
  4. Use tissues if you’re sniffling, sneezing, or coughing and throw them away immediately when you are done. Even if you usually carry a handkerchief, use tissues for colds and dispose of them. Don’t put them in your pocket. If you find that one tissue is too big, cut them in half.
  5. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. A tissue is ideal, but if none is handy, sneeze or cough into your bent elbow rather than into your hand.
  6. Wash your hands often, after blowing your nose or using the restroom and before handling food or dishes. You should be doing this anyway, but take special care now. Remind others who live with you to do the same.
  7. Clean surfaces that you handle often. Doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, mice, and telephones are good places to start, but watch what else you touch. This is a good job for one of those disinfecting wipes or a bit of spray cleaner on a soft cloth.
  8. Wash clothes, bedding, and towels. As the symptoms start to subside, a bit of extra laundry can go a long way toward keeping the rest of the family healthy.
  9. Open up. Try to get a little bit of extra ventilation into your home, even if it’s winter. Use your judgment.