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4. Stay Away From Sick Peo­ple.

Flu suf­fer­ers are con­ta­gious for up to five to seven days after get­ting sick and shouldn’t go out in pub­lic un­til they’ve been fever-free (with­out the help of a fever re­ducer) for 24 hours, says Nitin S. Damle, M.D., pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physi­cians.

So how do you deal when a col­league comes to work look­ing sus­pi­ciously pale or a rel­a­tive is cough­ing through a fam­ily party? “Ex­press con­cern, say­ing, ‘Gee, you re­ally look sick. You need to go home and take care of your­self,’ ” sug­gests clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Rudy Ny­deg­ger, Ph.D. If he or she re­sists, say, “I’m re­ally wor­ried about you, but I don’t want oth­ers to get sick. I think you should go home.”

If all else fails, dou­ble down on your flu pre­ven­tion habits: Wash your hands fre­quently, wipe down com­mon sur­faces and give the in­fected per­son a wide berth.

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