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Prevent Infections

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an infection?

An infection is an illness caused by germs, such as bacteria or a virus. Infections can spread from one person to another. Germs can spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. You can also be infected if you touch something an infected person used and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Examples include doorknobs, used tissues, and sometimes dirty laundry.

What can I do to prevent infections?

What can I do in my home to prevent infections?

Where can I find more information?

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