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    So, I commute to TSR and on the train there is often really gross people who cough everywhere without covering their mouths. Last week I was sitting near one of these people and I'm 'pretty sure' they gave me the stinking cold I now have. Today I found myself sitting next to the same guy and he was still coughing and spluttering everywhere without covering his mouth.

    Now I'm wondering:

    1. Can you catch TWO colds at the same time?
    2. Can you catch the SAME cold twice?!
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    So, I commute to TSR and on the train there is often really gross people who cough everywhere without covering their mouths. Last week I was sitting near one of these people and I'm 'pretty sure' they gave me the stinking cold I now have. Today I found myself sitting next to the same guy and he was still coughing and spluttering everywhere without covering his mouth.

    Now I'm wondering:

    1. Can you catch TWO colds at the same time?
    2. Can you catch the SAME cold twice?!

    1. "Can you catch TWO colds at the same time?
    2. Can you catch the SAME cold twice?!"

    That made me hot.
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    (Original post by Captain Jack)
    So, I commute to TSR and on the train there is often really gross people who cough everywhere without covering their mouths. Last week I was sitting near one of these people and I'm 'pretty sure' they gave me the stinking cold I now have. Today I found myself sitting next to the same guy and he was still coughing and spluttering everywhere without covering his mouth.

    Now I'm wondering:

    1. Can you catch TWO colds at the same time?
    2. Can you catch the SAME cold twice?!
    1: Yes, you can catch 2 at once
    2: Yes and no, yes the virus can still get into your body, but no as the white blood cells know how to destroy it
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    The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection that can be caused by at least five different types of virus. The most common of these is the rhinovirus, accounting for more than half of infections. Each virus type has many different strains, or 'serotypes', and there are well over a hundred serotypes of rhinovirus alone.

    From around four days after infection, the immune system produces antibodies to tag and destroy the virus particles and infected cells, but these are highly specific to that particular virus serotype.

    In theory, two different strains could infect you simultaneously, each requiring a separate immune response. However, the second 'cold' could also be a separate, opportunistic co-infection.

    Damage to the lining of the nose or throat and an already-stressed immune system can allow viruses and bacteria that would otherwise have been resisted to gain a toehold. Bronchitis, pneumonia, otitis media and strep throat can all begin in this way.

    Google says there are 5 different types of viruses that cause you to have a cold, so theoretically it's possible.
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    (Original post by NBingham)
    1: Yes, you can catch 2 at once
    2: Yes and no, yes the virus can still get into your body, but no as the white blood cells know how to destroy it
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    Google says there are 5 different types of viruses that cause you to have a cold, so theoretically it's possible.
    The horror. :eek3:

    Thanks that's interesting to know ... and terrifying!
 
 
 
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