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You know the importance of hand-washing for warding off germs, but you might not realize you’re probably washing your hands wrong, and not often enough. “Washing hands with mild soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more is the correct technique,” says Matthew Mathias, MD, a family medicine doctor at Duke Health. “Repeating the ‘ABC’ song in your head twice while washing your hands can help people get the timing down.” Don’t miss these 9 clear signs that a cold is coming.
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It’s scientifically proven: Binge-watching is making you more tired than ever, and a lack of sleep can weaken your ability to fight off colds. “Lack of sleep has an adverse effect on your immune system, decreasing your number of white blood cells, T-cells, and antibodies that fight infection,” says sleep expert Richard Shane, PhD, creator of the Sleep Easily method. “Studies show when people who have insufficient sleep are exposed to a cold virus, they get infected with the cold more—and take longer to recover—than people who have sufficient sleep.” Here are 7 more surprising things that happen to your body when you catch a cold!