Musings on the common cold and buying software!

Doh! It had to happen sooner or later, I have picked up a cold virus. The all-to-common common cold! Apparently adults will succomb to the viruses between 2 and 5 times a year whilst children will catch a cold between 7 and 10 times in the same period. The website of the Common Cold Centre Research Unit, Cardiff University has some interesting information about the common cold:

The common cold viruses are not spread by contact such as kissing but appear to be spread by large particles expelled at close range by coughs and sneezes, and by contaminated fingers that pass the virus to the nose and eye.

Your fingers can easily become contaminated with viruses by touching door handles etc. in public places. You may then touch your nose or eye and infect yourself. Tears from the eye drain via a duct into the nasal cavity and when we touch our eyes with contaminated fingers we pass viruses into the nose.3

How to avoid catching a cold

Become a hermit. If you are in contact with other people you are likely to get a cold as the viruses are so common.

Hand washing may help

Since cold viruses can be passed from person to person by hand contact or by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles you can help prevent infection by washing your hands. Home studies have shown that hand washing can reduce the spread of common colds within the family4

When am I most infectious?

The incubation period for a common cold is usually around two days before symptoms start. You are most infective when you have the early symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and cough. The viruses replicate in the cells lining the nose and they are coughed or sneezed out in droplets of mucus.

We can also spread the virus on our fingers when we contaminate them with secretions from the nose. In order for you to spread the infection you need to have close and prolonged contact with other people and to cough or sneeze on them or pass on secretions from your nose via your hands.

So, we won’t avoid all the cold viruses going around but we can help ourselves and others by washing our hands and not touching our faces! I’m still bemused knowing that many of the uncomfortable symptoms we suffer with a cold are not actually caused by the pesky virus but by our own immune system! See for a description of what happens when a virus settles down in the back of our throats.

Despite my sufferings (I mean really, am I milking it or what?) I did enjoy a walk yesterday. After a visit to Viv at Purple Stitches (sale now on!), I stepped out for home via the shopping centre and John Lewis’. There I bought the most expensive scratch card ever! I have been using my laptop to blog but until now have not had any word processing software. I have recently installed EQ7 on the laptop with a plan to transfer my designs from there into written patterns; the time had come to invest in Word (the wordprocessing system with which I am familiar). In the shop I searched out the software section selected a card from the rack and took it to the sales counter. Buy Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016, 1 PC, One-Off Payment Online at johnlewis.comHaving paid I expected the sales assistant to reach into a cupboard and produce a box with a disc or at least a memory stick for me to take home. Nope! He just handed me the card, politely asking if I’d like a bag! It was only then I realised the card had a silvery scratch strip on the back! Not being used to 3 figure spending I was a bit disappointed to be walking home with just a piece of cardboard! Thankfully later in the day teenage son offered reassurance and patiently helped me install the programme (I got to do the scratching to reveal the installation number).

Feeling grateful for a quiet Sunday and a plentiful supply of soft, balm impregnated tissues 🙂


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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6 Responses to Musings on the common cold and buying software!

  1. I have not had a cold in 5 years. The trick is to not drink water from the tap. I started drinking distilled water and cooking with it. Excessive hand washing is bad too because your body creates good bacteria on your hands which fight germs. Too much sanitation affects the colony which can break down your first line of defense.

    • I don’t know about the benefits of drinking tap water vs distilled water. I’m not into wiping down surfaces at home with loads of antibacterial products – hot, soapy water is supposed to be just as effective. But I am aware of touching surfaces in public places and always wash my hands when I first get home.

  2. I hope you feel better soon, and YAY for son helping with your installation!

  3. I just upgraded my husband’s office computer and I did it entirely on line. I guess the boxes at the store are just eye candy to make us old people comfortable:-) I’ve managed my home MacBooks and iMacs on line for years. Hope you feel better!

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