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(Pix11)   No, 'Super colds' are not spreading - we've just forgotten what normal illnesses are like because we've been protected from them by hiding in our COVID bunkers for so long   (pix11.com) divider line
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2021-11-16 9:51:35 AM  
I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.
 
2021-11-16 11:07:31 AM  
You don't say.
 
2021-11-16 11:08:36 AM  
Super colds are spreading.   COVID is the superior cold.    It's spreading.   I thought everyone knew this already.
 
2021-11-16 11:08:45 AM  

Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.


Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.
 
2021-11-16 11:10:13 AM  
True story. We had a Back-to-School Special come roaring through our household, and it was almost nostalgic. "Hey, I remember these!"
 
2021-11-16 11:10:43 AM  
I just checked my underground bunker of kleenex.  I should be good until February, if I live.  By March, I'll be using the round stuff during cedar fever.
 
2021-11-16 11:12:12 AM  
I had a cold last year.  Runny nose and scratchy throat.  Worried for two days that it was the start of something bigger.  Then I realized it was already gone.
 
2021-11-16 11:12:18 AM  

chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.


Are those things a yearly occurrence for you?  I cant remember the last time I was sick.
 
2021-11-16 11:12:46 AM  
Bad colds spread and always have. Correct tag
 
2021-11-16 11:13:18 AM  
I f*cking hate wearing a mask, but I hate being sick even more.
 
2021-11-16 11:13:22 AM  
From March 2020 until May 2021, I had no illness.  Since May, I've been sick 3 times.
 
2021-11-16 11:13:26 AM  

chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.


I plan on wearing a mask indefinitely. I often get compliments on the mask. I never get compliments on my face. Positive reinforcement works. Besides, it farks with facial recognition algorithms.
 
2021-11-16 11:15:07 AM  
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our Covid bunkers?
 
2021-11-16 11:16:15 AM  
Turns out when we all actually adhere to basic sanitation measures we all get sick way less often.

Imagine that.

Wash your hands. Well. Like you mean it.

Don't touch dirty surfaces if you don't have to.

Don't go from touching foreign surfaces to touching your face-parts and back to touching surfaces again.

Cover coughs/sneezes/effluvia and clean up / sterilize afterward.

Hell, the increased awareness of the need to not be so much of a dirtbag alone is responsible for most of the drop in such illnesses. I bet it continues.
 
2021-11-16 11:17:12 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.

I plan on wearing a mask indefinitely. I often get compliments on the mask. I never get compliments on my face. Positive reinforcement works. Besides, it farks with facial recognition algorithms.


I wore a mask while doing my last round trip to Albuquerque.  Four hours driving up, two hours driving home before the sun set completely.  I didn't feel the usual heat exhaustion from cloudless high elevation skies beating down on my face, and I didn't have a sun burn.  It felt good.  So I'm going to repeat that into the future, wearing a mask if I drive for more than two hours.
 
2021-11-16 11:17:35 AM  
I'll be in my bunk...er.
 
2021-11-16 11:18:45 AM  
Idiots in my town where picketing the local health unit with signs asking where this years flu was and obviously this meant it was some giant conspiracy.

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2021-11-16 11:18:47 AM  

GregInIndy: Turns out when we all actually adhere to basic sanitation measures we all get sick way less often.

Imagine that.

Wash your hands. Well. Like you mean it.

Don't touch dirty surfaces if you don't have to.

Don't go from touching foreign surfaces to touching your face-parts and back to touching surfaces again.

Cover coughs/sneezes/effluvia and clean up / sterilize afterward.

Hell, the increased awareness of the need to not be so much of a dirtbag alone is responsible for most of the drop in such illnesses. I bet it continues.


Yep. Even after mask requirements are gone, they should make people use hand sanitizer before they enter any building.
 
2021-11-16 11:18:49 AM  
I don't know- I got something 2 weeks ago that is *still* hanging on.  I normally kick things a lot faster.  And it's not just me- my wife is about a week behind me and sitting around miserable and my niece and nephew (both teenagers) were sick for two weeks with what seems to be the same thing.

Normally colds last a week, tops, and I'm still hacking my lungs out here.
 
2021-11-16 11:19:52 AM  
I'm still under the rule of.. "As long as the doctor offices require masks I need to wear a mask." Last visit to a doctor was yesterday and they still require masks. Been much healthier honestly even though the mask isn't anywhere near 100% protection. Less face touching I think so long as it's washed regularly like my hands and such.
 
2021-11-16 11:21:10 AM  
Now discuss kids and how bubbling them up for CoVid is most likely hampering their growing immune systems. Whether you like it or not, the immune system, especially in healthy children, needs to be naturally exposed to pathogens in order to build immunities.
 
2021-11-16 11:23:36 AM  
I'll wear a mask every damn day if it means I don't get sick again
 
2021-11-16 11:24:09 AM  
Haven't had a cold, sinus infection, bronchitis, sore throat, etc since January 2020. Just remember folks, The main two vectors for infection are the nose and eyes and most times it's from sticking your own fingers in them. So keep washing your hands and use hand vodak when you can't get to soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Wear your mask not to protect yourself so much but to trigger tRumpers. Also think about maybe wearing glasses or safety goggles when in crowded areas.
 
2021-11-16 11:24:23 AM  
TheCruxOfTheBiscuitIsTheApostrophe: Now discuss kids and how bubbling them up for CoVid is most likely hampering their growing immune systems. Whether you like it or not, the immune system, especially in healthy children, needs to be naturally exposed to pathogens in order to build immunities.

Yeah, give the kids smallpox and gonorrhea early so their immune systems grow strong.  If they survive, but what's a few broken eggs?
 
2021-11-16 11:25:06 AM  

Lord Putin: I'll wear a mask every damn day if it means I don't get sick again


I'll probably keep wearing them in the winter.  I wish I had worn a mask when I lived in Chicago.
 
2021-11-16 11:25:23 AM  

Lord Putin: I'll wear a mask every damn day if it means I don't get sick again


And that's the thing. I think it's perfectly fine if anyone that wants to masks up in public. Japan has been doing it for ages.

But stop requiring the people who have had their shots. At this point the masks are only protecting the unvaccinated - and nobody, absolutely nobody, cares about them.
 
2021-11-16 11:26:02 AM  

Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.


I had no colds or any respiratory ailments of any sort from March 2020 up until a couple weeks ago, when I finally caught a very mild cold.  It was 3 days of sneezing and runny nose, then it was gone.

I suspect that all the masking not only prevented me from catching anything for such a long stretch, but also probably reduced the severity of the cold I eventually did catch - probably by reducing the viral load of whatever cold bug did eventually find its way to my respiratory tract.
 
2021-11-16 11:28:27 AM  
TheCruxOfTheBiscuitIsTheApostrophe: Now discuss kids and how bubbling them up for CoVid is most likely hampering their growing immune systems. Whether you like it or not, the immune system, especially in healthy children, needs to be naturally exposed to pathogens in order to build immunities.


tell me you don't have kids without telling me you don't have kids.

my kids come down with all the same shiat they always have. not as frequently because they are washing their hands with more regularity than a 5 and 3 year old would choose to on their own. your bubble boy shiat is a joke.
 
2021-11-16 11:29:04 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I don't know- I got something 2 weeks ago that is *still* hanging on.  I normally kick things a lot faster.  And it's not just me- my wife is about a week behind me and sitting around miserable and my niece and nephew (both teenagers) were sick for two weeks with what seems to be the same thing.

Normally colds last a week, tops, and I'm still hacking my lungs out here.


That's probably way past the threshold where you should go see a doctor. Could be a mucus infection or something.
 
2021-11-16 11:29:12 AM  
And wearing masks in public. And being vaccinated. And generally avoiding getting all up in other people's grills and vice versa.

Weird how all that means less transmission of all disease.

I'm still staying the fark away (when possible) from as many of you people as I can. Y'all nasty.
 
2021-11-16 11:29:19 AM  
I went back to using public transportation after I got vaccinated and assumed I was instantly pick up a cold. It's been months and hasn't happened yet. Yay masks.
 
2021-11-16 11:29:19 AM  

chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.


I'm tempted.  It's not like I haven't stocked up on PPE the last year and a half, and since we still have a mask mandate here in Ontario (going strong since July 2nd, 2020 and likely not ending until at least the spring of 2022 if not later) it's not like I haven't at least somewhat gotten used to it.  I definitely plan on wearing it beyond the point where the mandate is lifted, because I know damn well Ford's going to lift it too early and we're going to have spikes, so until I see those numbers in the single digits at most, the mask stays on.  Maybe even beyond.  I hate, hate colds.

Jeebus Saves: chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.

Are those things a yearly occurrence for you?  I cant remember the last time I was sick.


Some people are more susceptible.  I have a pretty damn strong immune system; I've never in my adult life had anything other than a cold.  I had whooping cough as a toddler in the 70s, and chicken pox as a teen in the 80s, and that's the extent of my experiences with viruses outside of colds.  The frequency, duration, and severity of my colds has significantly dropped since I stopped smoking in 2010, but I do still get them about once every year and a half.  Or did before the plague.
 
2021-11-16 11:32:01 AM  

Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.


Aha, I last had one in mid-March 2020, so I'm obviously still golden today!

/I seriously think I may have gotten it from the voting booth pen on Super Tuesday.
 
2021-11-16 11:33:08 AM  

zgrizz: But stop requiring the people who have had their shots.


No state has met CDC guidelines for positivity or case load, so no. You get to take the mask off when you and your fellow citizens figure out how to stop spreading it to each other.

If you find that inconvenient then please die quickly.
 
2021-11-16 11:35:06 AM  
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2021-11-16 11:35:44 AM  
My kid's school requires masks until "every student can be vaccinated" as they say.  So I expect that masks will be required until the spring.  They had 0 cases in October, so things are looking up.
 
2021-11-16 11:38:25 AM  

GregInIndy: Turns out when we all actually adhere to basic sanitation measures we all get sick way less often.

Imagine that.

Wash your hands. Well. Like you mean it.

Don't touch dirty surfaces if you don't have to.

Don't go from touching foreign surfaces to touching your face-parts and back to touching surfaces again.

Cover coughs/sneezes/effluvia and clean up / sterilize afterward.

Hell, the increased awareness of the need to not be so much of a dirtbag alone is responsible for most of the drop in such illnesses. I bet it continues.


I'M AN AMERICAN AND I CAN LICK DOORKNOBS IF I WANT TO, COMMUNIST!
 
2021-11-16 11:43:16 AM  

Stibium: zgrizz: But stop requiring the people who have had their shots.

No state has met CDC guidelines for positivity or case load, so no. You get to take the mask off when you and your fellow citizens figure out how to stop spreading it to each other.

If you find that inconvenient then please die quickly.


I see someone unmasked during a mask mandate (currently under one in NM) I figure this person doesn't wash their hands, scratches their crotch and sniffs their hands, picks their nose and eats it, sniffs their own farts, etc.
 
2021-11-16 11:45:08 AM  

Doc Daneeka: I had no colds or any respiratory ailments of any sort from March 2020 up until a couple weeks ago, when I finally caught a very mild cold. It was 3 days of sneezing and runny nose, then it was gone.

I suspect that all the masking not only prevented me from catching anything for such a long stretch, but also probably reduced the severity of the cold I eventually did catch - probably by reducing the viral load of whatever cold bug did eventually find its way to my respiratory tract.


I've had colds like that in the last decade or so -- short-lived, mild, but those have been outliers in my lifetime (though to be fair I was a smoker from 1988 to 2010 so frequent, severe, long-lasting colds were de rigeur for me until I quit).  I suspect that the safety measures most of us has been taking during the plague have helped significantly limit the spread of cold strains, which is a cool side-effect of this whole ordeal, so it's possible even if/when we get colds down the line they may not be as bad as before.

At least until the plague rats and people from "MASKS ARE FACISM!" places spread other plagues around the world.
 
2021-11-16 11:47:04 AM  
Super Cold was my ex-wife's nickname.
 
2021-11-16 11:47:04 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: I don't know- I got something 2 weeks ago that is *still* hanging on.  I normally kick things a lot faster.  And it's not just me- my wife is about a week behind me and sitting around miserable and my niece and nephew (both teenagers) were sick for two weeks with what seems to be the same thing.

Normally colds last a week, tops, and I'm still hacking my lungs out here.


There was a respiratory thing passed around through work a couple months ago that took everyone that got it (including me) a couple weeks to kick.  Based on my Fark medical degree along with what you said, sounds like you got the same thing.
 
2021-11-16 11:47:29 AM  

Stud Gerbil: Super colds are spreading.   COVID is the superior cold.    It's spreading.   I thought everyone knew this already.


Just 2 more weeks to flatten the curve.
 
2021-11-16 11:48:14 AM  

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our Covid bunkers?


Well, right, not any more, which is why people are getting sick with mundane viruses again.

This time last year some people were accusing others of attempted murder if they considered visiting grandma for Thanksgiving. That was when vaccines were still unavailable for the overwhelming majority of people.

This year stuff is different, and for good reason.
 
2021-11-16 11:49:26 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My kid's school requires masks until "every student can be vaccinated" as they say.  So I expect that masks will be required until the spring.  They had 0 cases in October, so things are looking up.


does your school have students under 5? because our wording was "until 60 days after every student is eligible" which means that mask orders will end January 30 based on the November 3 CDC approvals for ages 5-11.
 
2021-11-16 11:50:38 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My kid's school requires masks until "every student can be vaccinated" as they say.  So I expect that masks will be required until the spring.  They had 0 cases in October, so things are looking up.


Assuming your kid's school is an elementary school and you live in the US, they can all getting vaccinated right now.
 
2021-11-16 11:52:11 AM  

NM Volunteer: Madman drummers bummers: chaoswolf: Psychopusher: I haven't had a cold since 2019.  Despite horrors of the plague and inconvenience of wearing a mask and such, it's been rather nice not having to deal with that for so long.

Same here. No colds, no sinus infections, no flu, nothin. Kinda wondering if I'll being wearing a mask from here on out if I'm forced to be inside somewhere with other humans.

I plan on wearing a mask indefinitely. I often get compliments on the mask. I never get compliments on my face. Positive reinforcement works. Besides, it farks with facial recognition algorithms.

I wore a mask while doing my last round trip to Albuquerque.  Four hours driving up, two hours driving home before the sun set completely.  I didn't feel the usual heat exhaustion from cloudless high elevation skies beating down on my face, and I didn't have a sun burn.  It felt good.  So I'm going to repeat that into the future, wearing a mask if I drive for more than two hours.


I wish more people would do this so they don't infect themselves.
 
2021-11-16 11:53:10 AM  

MLWS: Idiots in my town where picketing the local health unit with signs asking where this years flu was and obviously this meant it was some giant conspiracy.

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Where are those idiots?
 
2021-11-16 11:57:02 AM  

indylaw: Rapmaster2000: My kid's school requires masks until "every student can be vaccinated" as they say.  So I expect that masks will be required until the spring.  They had 0 cases in October, so things are looking up.

Assuming your kid's school is an elementary school and you live in the US, they can all getting vaccinated right now.


Every school-age child in America should have ample opportunity to get vaccinated by New Years.

My kids (ages 5 and 10) both got their first dose yesterday, and will be fully vaxxed in a few weeks (much to our relief).

But anyway, New Years is when I would drop the mask mandates for school kids.  The public school teachers and staff are already mandated to be vaxxed, and two months is ample time for all families that want to to get their kids the shots.  Come back from the winter break with a revised policy.
 
2021-11-16 11:58:40 AM  
It's weird this year. Both my wife and I came down with a hell of a cold a few weeks back. Sneezing up a storm, sore throat, runny and stuffy noses, and a slight cough.

These are the major symptoms for a Covid vaxxed breakthrough, but 5 covid tests later each, all came up negative for each of us. I was paranoid as shiat though.
 
2021-11-16 11:58:46 AM  
I had the same thought. I usually catch a cold each January, but not last year. Obviously I've been missing my usual amounts of exposure to viruses, so when they bring us all back to the office and/or masks are no longer needed in public, I'm sure biology will catch up for lost time - but it won't be a super-cold.

Unfortunately, when the same happens to many others, panic will set in as many symptoms of a common cold are the same as symptoms of Coronavirus. Hopefully when that time comes, we won't get the worst-case scenario of thrusting the public back into another public safety mandated-lock down.
 
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