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AS THE TEM­PER­A­TURE DROPS, IN­FEC­TIONS SEEM TO BE RIFE, WITH MIL­LIONS OF GERMS CIR­CU­LAT­ING. BUT DR EL­LIE CAN­NON SAYS THERE ARE WAYS TO PRO­TECT YOUR­SELF…

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When it seems like ev­ery­one at home or in your work­place has some kind of in­fec­tion, you need to be sure you’re look­ing af­ter your­self. Thank­fully, for most of us, the typ­i­cal win­ter ill­nesses aren’t very se­ri­ous – and there are ways to avoid the germs… Do not mis­tak­enly as­sume you only catch bugs from oth­ers if they sneeze or breathe on you. In fact, con­tam­i­nated sur­faces are a large part of the prob­lem, as some viruses or bac­te­ria can sur­vive a sur­pris­ingly long time. For ex­am­ple, the norovirus – which causes win­ter vom­it­ing ill­nesses – has been shown to sur­vive for days or even weeks on hard sur­faces, such as kitchen tops, desks and door han­dles.

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