How do you prevent mono? The only way to prevent mono is by avoiding contracting the virus in the first place. Mononucleosis is a common virus among children and teens. The virus mostly strikes adolescents between the ages of 10 and 24 years of age. It is commonly spread through close contact and exchange of some bodily fluids, such as saliva and mouth and throat mucus. There isn't a lot you can do once you contract mono, other than let it run its course and get plenty of rest. Preventing mono, however, is a different story.
If you know someone has the virus, you need to avoid anything that might have their saliva or mucus on it. That means that you shouldn't share drinking glasses or silverware-in fact, it's best not to share any dishes at all. Another thing to be exceptionally careful with is any used tissues. If you have a child with mono and you are cleaning up after their used tissues, make sure you wash your hands immediately.
Frequent hand washing is still one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of any virus, including mono. Germs are spread most frequently because we get them on our hands and then touch objects and people. By washing your hands often throughout the day, you stay one step ahead of the germs and avoid spreading germs to others, as well as eliminate others' germs before you get sick yourself.
To prevent the spread of mono, it is extremely important to avoid certain types of physical contact with anyone who has it. Avoid anything that transmits saliva or mucus-sneezing, coughing or, yes, smooches. After all, they don't call mono "the kissing disease" for nothing!