How are germs mostly spread

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Many illnesses are spread by germs that pass from one person to another. Here are some of the most common ways that germs are spread:

  • by touching an infected person
  • through the air (for example, when someone coughs, germs in small drops of spit (saliva) can spread to other people or objects)
  • through clothes, cloths, or bed covers
  • through insect bites or animal bites
  • by eating contaminated food
  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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