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Colds and how to prevent them

From The Nurse:
 What is a cold? A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system. A cold virus gets in your body and makes you sick. Because a cold is caused by a virus, there is no medicine to prevent or cure colds. Fortunately the bodies immune system goes to work to fight the cold. Colds are spread by respiratory droplets. You can breath them in if someone coughs or sneezes and does not cover their mouth/nose. The cold virus can also enter your body by touching your eyes, nose, mouth or after handling something with the cold virus on it such as video game controllers or door knobs. So remember COVERING COUGHS AND SNEEZES and WASHING YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER is the best prevention.
Why a runny nose? The cold virus gets in the nose and your bodies  white blood cells charge to the nose's rescue causing a runny nose. So a runny nose lets you know your body is working well! The runny nose is getting rid of cold virus too, so blow the nose, and WASH YOUR HANDS.
Tips to feel better: 
*Warm liquids sooth coughs and loosen mucous.
* Humidity, a steamy shower or humidifier will help stuffy noses
*Blow your nose to get rid of the mucous, remember to wash your hands afterward
*Rest
* Destress, relax, read, listen to music, or watch a movie
* Practice healthy habits to help your body fight, get enough sleep, eat fruits and vegetables and exercise.
Can kids be at school with a  minor cold? YES, as long as there is no fever.  Nurse Woodard, RN

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