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Where’s all these colds come from!!!

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BrieAndChilli · 15/09/2020 08:40

So kids been off school for 6 months. No colds. Gone back for a couple of days and boom, kids all over the country have come down with colds!! Where do they come from? Are there some Typhoid Mary children running around who spread the disease wherever they go? Otherwise where has the cold been lingering all this time?!

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userxx · 15/09/2020 08:46

It was bound to happen, people have been locked away for months bleaching and disinfecting everything. Immune systems are going to be low and bugs will spread quickly.

cyclingmad · 15/09/2020 08:49

plus some numpty will have sent in their child with one Hmm

borntohula · 15/09/2020 08:50

Not just us then! I've just cancelled a hair appointment because I have a cough accompanying my cold and don't want to alarm anyone.

BrieAndChilli · 15/09/2020 08:51

I get how it’s spread so quickly etc but just pondering on WHERE the colds have been hiding over the summer! They don’t last forever on surfaces.

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borntohula · 15/09/2020 08:51

@cyclingmad since when did we keep children off school for a common cold? I wouldn't get away with calling into work with one...

cyclingmad · 15/09/2020 08:56

I didnt say whether we had to or not but how are colds spread obv with someone going in with one

Bikingbear · 15/09/2020 09:05


I get how it’s spread so quickly etc but just pondering on WHERE the colds have been hiding over the summer! They don’t last forever on surfaces.

I get what your saying. Although I have a hazy memory of one of my kids getting a cold in lockdown and thinking where did that come from?
raddledoldmisanthropist · 15/09/2020 09:10

I get how it’s spread so quickly etc but just pondering on WHERE the colds have been hiding over the summer!

In people.

I've had a cold over the summer and many of the cold viruses can be asymptomatic or have very mild syptoms- especially over summer when people have more vitamin D, are a bit healthier generally and are often getting lower viral loads when they do catch them because of the amount of time spent outdoors.

This happens in schools every year, it's just this year we are noticing the little sniffles because of Covid.

FatGirlShrinking · 15/09/2020 09:14

I was saying this the other day, how has the cold virus existed on surfaces or within bodies asymptomatic until the moment they open back schools where all of a sudden it runs rampant infecting everyone?

DD had been the picture of health as have me and DH for the whole 6 months through lockdown.

7 days at school and we're all sneezing, coughing, having temperatures, I've got a bacterial chest infection and on antibiotics.

halcyondays · 15/09/2020 09:23

People weren’t at home all the time in the summer, they were doing EOTHO etc. Dd came down with a cold on the evening of the first day back at school so she must have caught it before they went back.

SallySeven · 15/09/2020 09:25

I know op, it's annoying.

TheVanguardSix · 15/09/2020 09:28

plus some numpty will have sent in their child with one

Well this numpty is one hell of a super spreader! Grin
We're in West London and my kids are on day 2 of being off school. They only returned last week! It's one prize-winning, stonker of a cold, isn't it?! I'm soooo not in the mood to catch this.

MotheringShites · 15/09/2020 09:33

The explosion of colds since going back to school (2 of my DC have one) illustrates exactly why we can’t simply hide away from viruses. They will still be there when we emerge and they will spread as they always have done.

I think our immune systems have been over-protected with all the isolation and disinfecting so will be more likely to contract and develop symptoms of common colds/viruses.

frazzledasarock · 15/09/2020 09:37

The codes were probably brewing and started showing symptoms this week. Probably as we’ve had very good weather and that seems to stave off colds and coughs.

We’re keeping DC off school for colds because we don’t know if it’s covid, and every symptom is also a Coronavirus symptom

Freshfaced · 15/09/2020 09:44

Because you aren't supposed to keep children off school with mild colds so it'll spread quickly amongst kids who haven't caught anything in months....

emptyshelvesagain · 15/09/2020 09:48

I think OP was asking if ALL this kids have been at home and healthy, who brought the cold to school now they are back?

BlusteryShowers · 15/09/2020 10:02

I'm interested in this too. Maybe they were doing the rounds among key workers but then those of us who were locked down are now back in circulation with lower resistance?

My son lasted July- September in Nursery with nothing but he's got a very runny nose now, and I've got it too, but a bit heavier. DH has been working throughout and seems unaffected so far.

Fyzz · 15/09/2020 10:07

I don't think it can be blamed on immune systems being over protected in lockdown because it happens every year without fail. Affects teachers and teenagers going to uni, all streaming with cold within a couple of weeks of term.
I wonder whether it's that we all caŕry these viruses and only have symptoms whem we come across a new one?

pumpkinpie01 · 15/09/2020 10:18

My son has mild asthma and his trigger is a cold. His asthma check up appointment was in August the nurse told us to start giving him his steroid inhaler weeks before school started to build him up as she said there was no doubt that children would get colds within weeks of being back at school. Maybe it's because they just haven't mixed with other kids for months and that makes them more susceptible 🤔

Aragog · 15/09/2020 10:23

I was back at school teaching for less than a week before I caught a sore throat which led to a cold, which has now led to be vomiting too - worked through it for a week but the vomiting now has been needing time off. I know it's not Covid as I use the Zoe research app so got tested last week following the sore throat which was negative.

But I've not been allowed in school for six months. My health condition and medication already lowers my immunity. I work with young children (4-7) so no SDing and lots have bugs/viruses which they really don't contain well. I've had children coughing and sneezing over equipment and tables, being unable to use tissues to wipe their nose properly, etc.

Whenever I started work at a new school I'd always end up with a cold or some form of bug. I guess this is just the same m, probably even worse as I've been isolated from close contact with people for so much longer.

Someonesayroadtrip · 15/09/2020 10:36

Yep mine all off too. We had a parent saying that their child is vulnerable and to not send children in with colds or it could kill her children. So mine are home. They are absolutely fine though and I am gutted they are missing school, especially with the welsh government suggesting a welsh lockdown in 7 weeks if the rates don't stabilise. 😡

userxx · 15/09/2020 10:42

We had a parent saying that their child is vulnerable and to not send children in with colds or it could kill her children.

Eh? That's ridiculous, tell her to keep her child off.

BogRollBOGOF · 15/09/2020 10:44

Mix with a new crowd of people and the chances of having a cold are very high.

This time we haven't been mixing in close contact for nearly six months, so as soon as you do get in contact with your classmates, your immune system is playing catch up.

Every time I changed down for a different long term supply job, I got a cold.

And yes DS went into school with a snuffly nose because it's not a Covid 19 symptom, is not a reason to isolate or test and the school does not see a bog standard cold as a reason to stay off. As a mother, it is important to get an autistic child who did not engage with remote learning into school and settling in with his peers rather than unnecessarily holding him back and expecting him to play catch up which could ruin the term by rapidly escalating his stress levels.
If I am a numpty, then so is the school and local authorities Confused

BrieAndChilli · 15/09/2020 10:45

@Someonesayroadtrip Where did you hear about the welsh lockdown? I’m in wales Confused

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Someonesayroadtrip · 15/09/2020 11:00

Wales online. It dependant on the rates continuing to raise. They said they will go into more details later.

I guess I never thought that would be their thinking, I assumed it would be local lockdowns not another national one. But then our rates are bonkers, highest area is nearly 90 per 100,000. If it's over 20 in another country we have go quarantine.

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