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Can you get sick from sleeping in the same bed ?

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Can u get sick from sleeping in the same bed as a spouse with a cold. We do use different pillows and sleep on different sides of the bed. He works nights so I kinda sleep all over the bd sometimes.


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replied February 14th, 2012
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A31536
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Common colds are usually caused by viral infections which are usually spread by aerosols produced while coughing or sneezing.

Nasal secretions containing cold viruses contaminate the hands of people with colds as a result of nose ‎blowing, covering sneezes, and touching the nose. Also, cold viruses may contaminate objects and ‎surfaces in the environment of a cold sufferer.‎

Measures to reduce the risk of Catching a cold include -
1. Limiting contact with known cold sufferers, ‎especially during the first three days of their illness.
2. Washing hands after contact with cold sufferers ‎and objects and surfaces they may have contaminated.
3. Keeping fingers out of the eyes and nose. and
4. ‎Avoid having cold sufferers cough and sneeze on you or in your direction.‎

I hope this helps.


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