Get more rest to allow your body to fight the illness and drink plenty of fluids to minimize chest and nasal congestion. Drinking fluids can help keep mucus from becoming thick. Also, to prevent spreading your cold, remember to cover your coughs and sneezes with the crease of your elbow instead of your hands. If you do contaminate your hands, be sure to wash them right away. We touch a lot of things throughout the day so try to be considerate and avoid contaminating objects that others will touch after you have. If at all possible, stay home and avoid contact with others when you are sick.