Common Cold

In our last post, we covered hiatus, and how Family Trivium recently came to have one. One of the many factors that helped us to “decide” to take a hiatus was a the common cold.

What
The Mayo clinic gives a great definition:

The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract — your nose and throat. A common cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way at the time. If it’s not a runny nose, sore throat and cough, it’s the watery eyes, sneezing and congestion — or maybe all of the above. In fact, because any one of more than 100 viruses can cause a common cold, signs and symptoms tend to vary greatly.

Based on this definition, it seems that a couple members of our household dealt with this ailment, though Mr. Family Trvium was the most affected, adding slight body aches and a fairly wicked headache one morning. One of the younger Family Trivium members added only a headache, which they refused to report to the school nurse for fear of being sent home, thus missing a favorite class.

Why
As reported in the Mayo Clinic’s article on the topic, there are over a 100 different viruses that can cause the common cold. Being highly contagious, the rhinovirus is thought to be the most likely cause.

How
The spread of the cold virus is very easy as stated by the Mayo Clinic:

A cold virus enters your body through your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can spread through droplets in the air when someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks. But it also spreads by hand-to-hand contact with someone who has a cold or by sharing contaminated objects, such as utensils, towels, toys or telephones. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you’re likely to catch a cold.

Given the sheer number of people at Mr. Family Trivium’s work with the symptoms described above, it seems like it was only a matter of time before he came down with the cold himself. Thoughtful hand washing and as much avoidance as possible of afflicted coworkers may have delayed it, but it’s hard to avoid family, especially one that spends so much time together cultivating knowledge.

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