What can I do to reduce the spread of "germs"?
The most important way to reduce the spread of infections is hand washing - always wash regularly with soap and warm water. Also important is to get a vaccine for those infections and viruses that have one, when available.
See the OSH Answers Hand Washing - Reducing the Risk of Common Infections for more details.
This OSH Answers document will discuss other methods that can also help to slow or stop the spread of infections.
What are good practices to slow the spread of infections?
Ways you can reduce or slow the spread of infections include
Get the appropriate vaccine.
Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread it to other people).
Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing (or cough into your elbow).
Use single-use tissues for wiping your nose.
Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body).
Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.