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This is an important question in view of all the dangers of germs and infections in our world. If you read the news or talk to anyone who studies epidemics (or a doctor), you will realize that germs and infections can be serious and there are everywhere.
There are several things that can be done. First, it might seem very obvious, but the most important and simplest action that can be taken is to wash your hands regularly. Germs can easily spread and what kills germs is soap and water. Second, if you are sick, the best thing that you can do is not to infect others, which means you should stay home. From another perspective, you should take preventative steps, such as getting vaccinations.
Now when should a person seek medical attention? This is not an easy question to answer, because all people are different as are sicknesses, but if sickness is prolonged, a few days, then medical attention might be necessary. Also infections can be quite serious. The general rule of thumb is: when in doubt, seek medical attention.
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