Precautions to Take When Catching a Cold

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before touching your face or eating

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as these are entry points for viruses

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of used tissues promptly

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are feeling unwell

Keep surfaces clean and disinfected, especially those that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, phones, and keyboards

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, tea, and soup

Get enough rest and sleep to help your immune system fight off the virus

Consider wearing a face mask when in public places or around people who may be sick

Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, as this can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections

Talk to your healthcare provider about getting a flu vaccine, as this can help protect you from the flu, which can sometimes be mistaken for a cold