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How to Prevent Common Colds--Editorial

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Prevention is better than cure in relation to catching a cold. Hand washing techniques are to be practiced in order to avoid the spread of pathogens that cause a cold. Health care workers are given instructions on universal precautions at the beginning of employment during the orientation seminars. The top-most item on the list of universal precautions is hand washing technique. After contact with each patient, starting intravenous injections or changing linen on patient beds, health care workers are urged to wash their hands with antibacterial soaps that are provided everywhere or with antibacterial liquids. At present times there are liquids that are 99 percent antiseptic that are placed even at non-medical work places and public places like restaurants and malls. Patients in hospitals are more prone to infections and colds due to suppressed immune systems and should be handled with care. Sneezing in public places, cleaning noses with tissues and touching other objects such as phones, books, pens, papers, clothes, etc... could cause the spread of germs faster. Care should be taken to wash hands after sneezing or coughing so it won't be passed on to others. Infants and elderly people catch colds faster than most others and retain the symptoms for longer times. When an infant or a child catches a cold, care should be taken to change the clothes, sheets and to wash clothes before handling them. Warm and comfortable clothes should be worn. Outdoor activities should be kept to a minimum. The household should be cleaned every day in order to avoid dust and dirt. Everything that a baby touches should be disinfected as often as possible with mild soap and warm water or mild sprays. Baking soda is the best cleaner in the household to take care of baby items. Soaps, shampoos, detergents, and house cleaning liquids should be mild and scent free. Arm & Hammer products are most useful in disinfecting and cleaning any surfaces or objects around the house. Plain warm saltwater is good enough when others are not available.

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