How Are Germs Spread?

 
Germs are found in a person’s saliva, nasal discharge, stool, blood or other body fluids.

Germs are spread to another person by:
  • direct contact with a sick person. For example: touching, hugging, kissing and handshakes
  • indirect contact with a sick person. For example: germs in the air, on objects such as door knobs, remote controls, toilets, or in food that has been prepared by someone sick
Germs enter the other person’s body through broken skin, breathing, swallowing and mucous membranes.