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7 Surprising Ways to Ward Off a Winter Cold

It’s the colder season, so you probably just assume you’re going to end up with a cold at some point in the next few months. However, what if there were ways to avoid getting a cold in the first place? Turns out there are strategies you can try.

While they’re not foolproof, these seven tips you can try at home or in the office (and outside) are worth a shot to avoid being miserable and stuffy for a week or more – or at least will help reduce the amount of time you’re sick.

1. Blow Away Germs

One of the suggestions from Health.com is interesting – it’s a strategy to avoid letting airborne germs enter you in the first place. Cold viruses enter your system through your nose and mouth, whether you’re touching them (after touching an infected surface) or breathing in particles from an infected person.

The source suggests that if you find yourself near someone that’s sneezing or coughing, you can “gently and slowly breathe out” until you’re a safe distance – which is 6 to 10-feet. This will help ensure you don’t suck in airborne viruses.

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