6 things you SHOULD NOT touch to avoid getting the flu: How to avoid the flu, flu symptoms

The flu is rapidly spreading across the country this year, so here's some advice on how you can try to avoid getting sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified six everyday items that you may want to consider trying to avoid.

Germs are spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or even talking with someone with the flu.

They can also spread if you touch something with the flu virus on it. Here's a list of things you should try NOT to touch, or be sure to clean regularly at your home or office.

Research shows influenza virus frequently detected on these surfaces:

  • Refrigerator handles
  • Phones (yes, including that cell phone you carry around everywhere)
  • TV remotes
  • Microwave ovens and other kitchen surfaces
  • Door handles and light switches
  • Grocery carts


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