How far exactly do you have to stand away from someone with a cold or flu to not catch what they are carrying? Six feet away is the answer if they sneeze. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has researched how people contract coughs, colds and the flue and the sneeze is the most common culprit. The CDCP’s websitewarns: “People with flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.” Other ways people can be infected is by touching a surface which has the virus on it then touching their face, especially the mouth, nose and eyes. Sharing a towel is also a sure-fire way of catching someone else’s virus. Also the more humid an area is, the better the chance of catching something nasty. The CDC report adds: “Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick”.
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