Nov 16 , 2018

13 Household Items That Up Your Risk for Cold and Flu

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Light Switches and Doorknobs

Cold and flu viruses most often travel from person to person in airborne droplets of moisture expelled when someone sick exhales, talks, coughs, or sneezes. But the germs are also spread by contact—both with infected people and with objects they’ve touched. “When a household member is sick with cold or flu, the whole household likely is contaminated,” says Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Common spots for viruses to hide are those that are touched often and rarely cleaned, such as door handles and light switches, according to a 2007 study in the Journal of Medical Virology. Consider wiping down high-touch surfaces around the house with a disinfectant every day when someone in the house is sick. “Cleaning areas that are common touch surfaces with disinfectant wipes or soap can diminish chances of infection,” says Dr. Adalja. Check out these 12 everyday items that are dirtier than your toilet seat. Try these 12 cleaning secrets from the pros that you can add to your bag of tricks.

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