How to protect yourself from the flu including 6 things not to touch

DENVER - The flu is spreading across Colorado and the rest of the country, so how can you protect yourself?

People with flu can spread it to others up to six feet away, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That typically happens when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or even talks. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth or nose.

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

  • 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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