Mononucleosis, commonly referred to as "mono," is a contagious viral infection that can be transmitted through close contact with infected people. Taking proactive measures to prevent getting mono is key, especially in high-risk environments such as schools and sports teams.
Those who’ve had mono will tell you it’s no easy feat to recover. The severe fatigue can leave patients weary and sick for weeks or even months. That’s why we’re here with effective strategies to help you reduce the risk of contracting mono by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your immune system strong.
How is Mono Transmitted?
Mononucleosis is primarily caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and can be transmitted through several ways. Here’s what you need to know:
Saliva and Close Contact:
- Mono is often spread through direct contact with infected saliva, such as through kissing, sharing utensils or eating/drinking from the same container
- Avoid close contact with anyone known to have mononucleosis, especially during the acute phase
How to Prevent Mononucleosis
By following these strategies, you can reduce the risk of getting mono:
Practice Good Hygiene:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom, before meals, and after coming into contact with surfaces that may be contaminated
- Avoid sharing drinks, utensils, lip balm and personal items that may come into contact with saliva
Promote Respiratory Hygiene:
- Encourage others to cover their mouths and noses with tissues or their elbows when coughing or sneezing
- Properly dispose of used tissues and wash your hands afterward
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle:
- Strengthen your immune system by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management
- A strong immune system can help protect against viral infections, including mono
Avoid Risky Behaviors:
- Educate teens and young adults about the risks associated with activities such as kissing or sharing drinks, which can increase the likelihood of getting mono
Care and Guidance From the Experts
If you have concerns about mononucleosis or need expert guidance for its prevention, we’re here to help. Our experienced health care professionals offer comprehensive care and support for mono and much more.