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How to Avoid Getting Your Significant Other Sick

Spring is here, but with the temperature change brings illness. I know too many people sick with a cold, the flu, or stomach bug right now, so here are some ways to prevent spreading your sick germs to your loved one.

  • Don't touch your significant other or their personal stuff. That means no kissing, no hugging, no holding hands, and no using their phone, remote control, water bottle, lip balm, laptop, etc.
  • Disinfect the personal items in your home, car, and at work to kill germs since they can live on surfaces for up to two days.
  • The best thing to do is get some space. Even if you start feeling better, you can still be contagious. If it's a stomach bug, avoid each other for three days after the time you start feeling better. If it's a cold or the flu, keep in mind that you're contagious for the entire time you're experiencing symptoms, which could be up to two weeks.
  • This is a tough one, but resist the urge to sleep in the same bed. If you live together, separate and have one of you sleep in the guest room or on the couch. If that's not possible, sleep facing opposite directions and be sure to frequently wash your sheets in hot water. If you don't live together, even better — spend the night at your own places until you're no longer contagious.
  • Take care of yourself by drinking hot liquids, eating nutritious foods, and resting.


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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I avoid other people when they're sick, but my BF and I live together and while we don't kiss when we're sick, we're not going to avoid each other either.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
He deserves it. :p My boyfriend is the one who always gets sick now!
ladolcealana ladolcealana 8 years
Too late. Both my boyfriend and I have glandular fever. In some sort of sick twisted way, it's nice to be sick together.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I never seem to get sick, even when everyone else around me is. So when my husband's sick, I go into full-on nurse mode and make him hot tea and soup and make sure he takes a decongestant so he doesn't get a sinus infection. I just want to try and make him comfortable...we sleep in the same bed, but as soon as he's over the worst part of the illness, I wash the sheets in HOT water to kill the bugs. I'll add another tip to the list on here: If you have a cold sore, you may want to skip any sort of mouth contact (kissing, oral sex, sharing beverages, etc.) until it's healed unless you want to spread your herpes around to your partner. Oral herpes can become genital herpes if a lesion comes in contact with the genitals, so BE CAREFUL!!!!!
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I stay in one spot and make sure I don't breathe on him.
SeaAre86 SeaAre86 8 years
I am so scared of getting sick except when it comes to my boyfriend. If he isn't feeling well I go into super nurse mode and do everything I can to make sure he's comfortable.. and I know he wouldn't want me to leave him. I guess everyone is different.. I know what you mean, skigurl. I rarely get sick from other people. I just kind of get it out of the blue. No one else will be sick around me and I'll get something.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i get colds, a couple a year, but i never seem to catch illness from other ex got the flu one night while he was sleeping over....when i woke up and touched his leg, it was burning hot...he didn't get out of my bed for 5 days and i spent spare moments in there with him....i didn't even wash the sheets once...and i didn't get's weird
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I tell my boyfriend not to get too close when I'm sick, but he does it anyway. I'm a little more cautious when I'm around sick people, but I wouldn't go to the extent of not seeing my boyfriend at all.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I think it's real love if you don't care if you get sick :)
tyffi tyffi 8 years
*lol* What happened to "in sickness and health"? Seriously, I rather challenge my luck - and my immune system - than staying away from my man just because he has a cold. He's not turning his back on me, either, when I'm sick. Quite the opposite.
missnomi missnomi 8 years
too late Dear! I'm onto my third episode already this year (and so I my bf). We have to fly to see each other and do so regularly, so I guess we'just exposed more in general. I don't think avoiding each other would be worth it, apart from what Skigurl said.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Haha my boyfriend got the start of a cold this morning and instead of giving him sympathy I immediately rolled away and grumbled, "Great, now I'm next." I did offer to take care of him for the rest of the weekend though. Hehe. He's the opposite - when I'm really sick, he'll sleep in the same bed as me and look after me, he doesn't care about getting ill. That makes me feel so bad!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
unless there was some major reason why one of us couldn't be sick i would never stay away on account of a cold or flu. if he was sick, i'd be there to care for him and if i were sick i would hope he would do the same. i'd be pissed if he wouldn't sleep in the same bed as me or kiss me!
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