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Originally Published by Health.com

After you’ve had a cold, there are a few key household things that need to be properly sanitized.
When you or someone in your house has a cold or flu, one of the main concerns is how to keep the infection from spreading. Contagiousness can last up to two weeks, so disinfecting a shared space is crucial.

This is important whether you’re trying to keep other household members from getting sick, or simply trying to avoid getting round two of whatever seasonal sniffle you picked up.

“The run-of-the-mill common cold is caused by a group of viruses, most commonly the rhinovirus, that are mostly airborne and spread by other people who have been infected by the cold virus,” said William Li, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Beat Your Diet: Burn Fat, Heal Your Metabolism, and Live Longer.

Here are the household items experts say are crucial to sanitize after you’ve had an illness, as well as additional tips for keeping your house fresh this cold and flu season.

While cleaning your entire house from top to bottom would be ideal for saying “goodbye” to seasonal germs, there are a few items that deserve your attention first.

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