(HealthDay News) -- Your mother's plea to cover your mouth when you cough was sound medical advice, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The agency suggests how to prevent the spread of germs:
- When you sneeze or cough, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.
- Always throw your used tissue in the trash.
- Sneeze or cough into your elbow (not your hand) if you don't have a tissue.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use a hand sanitizer if you can't wash with soap and water.
-- Diana Kohnle
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