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    What caused my cold?
    gottheflu posted:
    Guest arrived Thurs night with a severe cough. He was put in the guest bedroom which is next to mine. He coughed continously until Monday.

    Even though I had no direct contact with him I became ill with the exact same cough and symtoms Sunday morning. I have not been sick at all for the last 5 yrs. One more thing; I have an air purifier and a humidifier in my room which recirculates the air.

    I say I definetly caught the cold from our guest, others say I'm nuts. I say they're nuts. Who's nuts?
    atti_editor responded:
    Hi gottheflu,

    It is almost impossible to determine exactly where you caught your cold from. You can catch a cold by touching a surface contaminated by cold germs and then touching your nose or mouth, encountering germs sneezed into the air by an infected person, etc. While you very well might have caught the cold from your sick house guest, you also could have just as easily caught it at the grocery store or at work. Here are some treatments for the common cold that might find helpful. I hope you are feeling better soon!

    Best wishes,

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