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To think we might not catch colds any more

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Pannacottaformeplease Sat 20-Jun-20 22:45:13

Because of lockdown and social distancing, hand sanitising, masks etc, do you think it's possible that catching colds might be something of a rarity in future? I'm certainly hoping so.

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Wynston Sat 20-Jun-20 22:47:10

I was wondering this same thing.
I guess there will be colds but like you say any sign of them people will surely go into self isolation??

Flyonthewall01 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:47:50

We aren't going to be in lockdown forever and even if we were people still cross paths in the supermarket etc colds will still be a thing

Pannacottaformeplease Sat 20-Jun-20 22:48:42

Yes I'm hoping that the majority of colds that were still doing the rounds in March have died out now. I know it's not a serious illness but I hate colds - it seems to take weeks for me to get over one these days.

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Pannacottaformeplease Sat 20-Jun-20 22:49:31

@flyonthewall01 but hopefully less of a thing..........

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Sparklesocks Sat 20-Jun-20 22:49:33

I think we’ll still get them, but people might be more aware of hygiene.

SquirtleSquad Sat 20-Jun-20 22:50:04

I definitely think we will see a big decrease in them (at least for a while).
It's been lovely not having the children bringing back sickness bugs and colds from nursery!! It's by far the longest we've ever been as a family of 5 with no cold/bug/virus..

MadisonAvenue Sat 20-Jun-20 22:51:00

I was wondering this, and if people will now be less tolerant of people who go into work with coughs and colds.

Flyonthewall01 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:53:58

It's not a case of them dying out, its constant new strains developing, which is why there isnt a vaccine. So they will still be around especially as schools will be back in September as will most people who are currently on furlough.

Pannacottaformeplease Sat 20-Jun-20 22:54:21

@madisonavenue I imagine anyone who dares to go to work coughing and spluttering will get lots of evil looks which will send them scuttling back home.

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Khione Sat 20-Jun-20 22:57:19

Whilst I hope hand washing is maintained, never catching a cold is not a good thing. We will lose our immunity, such as it is, to so many things if we live a 'sterile' life. Then on the occasions we do catch something we will be more seriously ill.

It could be that it is only because we catch them fairly regularly that cold is a fairly minor illness most of the time. Each of the cold viruses could have started off as bad as or worse the CV19 and it is only through repeated infections that we are now mostly resistant except for a 'cold'.

lankylemon Sat 20-Jun-20 22:58:48

Maybe, but masks result in bacteria going into your throat —or something else that I’ve not understood properly— so can cause sore throats

FrugiFan Sat 20-Jun-20 22:59:22

These are short term measures. We wont be social distancing forever. Maybe this winter there will be fewer cold hanging around because people will be social distancing to some extent but they wont die out.

borntohula Sat 20-Jun-20 23:00:20

I seem to have a really mild and short lived one every few weeks and I know that because every time, I think 'is this it?'

ItsNotAGameOfSubbuteoMatthew Sat 20-Jun-20 23:01:21

I'm hoping there will be less of them in future yes. I'm hoping people keep up the good handwashing and sneezing practices they've learnt.

FinlandFlag Sat 20-Jun-20 23:02:23

@borntohula are you sure it's not hayfever

Silversun83 Sat 20-Jun-20 23:05:46


I definitely think we will see a big decrease in them (at least for a while).
It's been lovely not having the children bringing back sickness bugs and colds from nursery!! It's by far the longest we've ever been as a family of 5 with no cold/bug/virus..

Same here! Absolutely no signs of illness in my 2 and 4 year old since February and it has been bliss!

borntohula Sat 20-Jun-20 23:05:52

@FinlandFlag actually, I'm not sure but I don't recall ever thinking I could have hayfever. When I think hayfever, I think of gunky eyes and constantly streaming nose but I suppose you can just have it mildly?

IdblowJonSnow Sat 20-Jun-20 23:08:00

I seem to keep getting colds despite not going anywhere. Maybe its heyfever/allergies?

Tumbleweed101 Sat 20-Jun-20 23:09:51

We haven't had a single runny nose at the nursery since lockdown, even the chicken pox outbreak had a quick ending! The whole time we are cold free it makes me think we might also be covid free as everyone will have been following lockdown rules correctly.

It has made me wonder if we might get rid of some other nasties though.

TheHighestSardine Sat 20-Jun-20 23:09:51

I fucking wish. I've had two nasty ones and a persistent sniffle during lockdown so far, and we've been isolating quite hard. It was the one silver lining I was hoping for!

jamandtonic Sat 20-Jun-20 23:10:50

As a hay fever sufferer of many years' standing, I would like to say that a hay fever attack is nothing like having a cold.

Millicent10 Sat 20-Jun-20 23:12:18

He careful what you wish for. Some very serious diseases are correlated with under exposure to common viruses and excessive hygiene.

idril Sat 20-Jun-20 23:14:27

I don't care about colds but I am hoping in a reduction in nits and worns!

EmeraldShamrock Sat 20-Jun-20 23:15:25

I think the regular hand washing will definitely help.

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