Sumary of How did I catch a cold in lockdown?:
- More than half of Australia is in lockdown in an effort to stem the current Delta strain COVID outbreak, with vast numbers of us steering clear of workplaces, school, retail shops, public transport and other busy places.
- If, despite all that, you or your children have developed a sniffle, tested negative for COVID and been forced to conclude it’s just a common cold, don’t worry — you’re not alone.
- Most of them don’t make us sick, thanks to our incredible immune system, but sometimes viruses do sneak past our defences.
- There have even been outbreaks of the common cold on Antarctic bases after 17 weeks of complete isolation.
- However, even though our skin and noses are well designed to stop serious pathogens from entering our body, if there’s a breakdown in a barrier — for example, from picking our nose — that can give them a way to get in.
- In fact, the commonest ways viruses enter our bodies are through our mouth, nose and eyes, which is why we are always being reminded not to touch our faces.
- You can pick up one of the 200 or more viruses that cause what we call the common cold by simply touching a shop counter when you pick up essential groceries, then rubbing the germ into your eye.
- Shutterstock Viruses that cause the common cold include rhinovirus (which can be airborne and can survive for hours on surfaces under certain conditions).