Trying Not to Get Sick? Science Says You're Probably Doing it Wrong

Cold and flu viruses transfer in very different ways than we think

It's that time of year again: coughing, wheezy, sticky people all around you, and that dread in the pit of your stomach that you're about to get sick. What do you do? Conventional wisdom says that to avoid spreading colds or the flu, you should wash your hands frequently-- ideally using antibacterial soap-- and cover your mouth when you cough. 

But it turns out that sometimes, conventional wisdom is just wrong (sorry about that, mom!).

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