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Being close to a person who has the flu or the cold certainly poses a high risk for you to catch the virus. However, you can also contract it by touching the same surface the sick person has been in contact with. When they sneeze or cough droplets of saliva with the virus, which can travel up to six feet, are flying around in the air, and possibly orbiting you. So if you touch anything where these droplets have landed and then touch your nose, eyes or mouth, you’re probably infected. So wash your hands frequently.