How did I get an Upper Respiratory Infection, and is it preventable?

By Allon Mordel, MD
Medically reviewed
December 9, 2020

The virus spreads through air droplets (like sneezes and coughs), as well as by contact with shared surfaces. You most likely had exposure to someone who either was recovering from a URI or in the early stages of one. Washing your hands regularly and cleaning common surfaces with antibacterial cleaning products is a great first step in prevention. Also, boosting your immune system with healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep is another effective method.

Don’t be a spreader: when you cough or sneeze, do so inside your elbow vs. your hand, and limit your exposure to others while symptoms persist. Lastly, it’s recommended for everyone to get the flu vaccine, especially those with compromised immune systems and for pregnant women.

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K Health articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Allon Mordel, MD

Allon Mordel is the Medical Director at K Health. Dr. Mordel is a graduate of the University of Georgia and served as an EMT for the city and county services. He was accepted into residency at the NYU/ Bellevue Emergency Medicine Residency Program where he distinguished himself and became Chief Resident on his way to becoming an Attending Physician.