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Since i've had copd, i'm worried about being around my grandchildren and catching their colds. is there anything I can do other than avoid being around them?
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree
In brief: Wash hands
Good hand washing can prevent many upper respiratory infections, but most importantly, don't visit with them if they're sick.

In brief: Wash hands
Good hand washing can prevent many upper respiratory infections, but most importantly, don't visit with them if they're sick.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
You can use hand sanitizer but that is not going to be terribly effective when they jump all over you and cough on everything around them. Make sure you get the flu vaccine regularly and the pneumonia vaccine too.

In brief: Not really
You can use hand sanitizer but that is not going to be terribly effective when they jump all over you and cough on everything around them. Make sure you get the flu vaccine regularly and the pneumonia vaccine too.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Wash hands...
Upper respiratory infections are typically spread by inhalation of infected droplets from coughing/sneezing so, the grand kids need to cough/sneeze into their elbows! frequent hand washing has been shown to reduce spread so wash your hands often when the kids are around and wash their hands, too! good luck!

In brief: Wash hands...
Upper respiratory infections are typically spread by inhalation of infected droplets from coughing/sneezing so, the grand kids need to cough/sneeze into their elbows! frequent hand washing has been shown to reduce spread so wash your hands often when the kids are around and wash their hands, too! good luck!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hand washing...
Frequent hand washing as well as staying at least 3 feet away from them when they have a cold are strategies to avoid getting the cold yourself.

In brief: Hand washing...
Frequent hand washing as well as staying at least 3 feet away from them when they have a cold are strategies to avoid getting the cold yourself.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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