Kissing and colds

Go ahead and pucker up — a smooch won’t transmit the sniffles, according to experts. Your mouth contains natural defenses such as antibodies and enzymes that make it hard for cold viruses to set up shop. Rhinovirus, the germ responsible for the majority of colds, prefers to hang out on your hands and in your nose, says Barry Stade, PhD., director of the department of clinical virology at Paterson University Medical Center. So unless you rub noses when you kiss or hold hands and then immediately wipe your nose, it’s safe to smooch when you’re sick.