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Everyone I know who was crazy safe during COVID round 1 is now sick. I think it’s because they didn’t get any exposure for so long. If we have another lockdown, what does it mean for public immune system ability to fight other viruses?

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Sick with COVID or a summer cold? Summer colds are to be expected and if anything it’s a shock to the system after a year of caution so psychologically we’re more on edge/aware of how we are feeling compared to pre-covid times since we may have historically powered through.

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In addition to Covid/Delta, we’re also seeing “normal” cold and flu viruses come roaring back with a vengeance as people get back out there. RSV has made a huge comeback and is more dangerous for kids than Covid (I had a bad case of RSV a few years ago - even as an adult it was awful and affected me worse than my experience with Covid). Not a doctor, but I’d say it’s probably ill-advised to isolate yourself from all pathogens long-term. However, we can control our exposure by living healthy lifestyles, getting available vaccines to prep our immune systems, and encouraging good hygiene, ventilation, and taking sick leave in the workplace. There’s a middle ground between locking down and jumping right back into a germ-infested Petri dish.

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Totally. I played it safe during covid. Then went on vacation a month ago and got pretty sick. I’m guessing because I went so long without being exposed to people. Before that, I can’t remember the last time I was sick. It had been years.

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