The coronavirus pandemic had a tremendous impact on the common cold. We had to wear masks. We had to have confined social bubbles.
But the world opening up again, it looks like the common cold is coming back.
- “It’s a natural phenomena. People engaging with each other again, not washing hands, coughing on each other, interacting and spreading disease,” Halkitis said.
Some might even think this cold is a COVID-19.
- “And people are starting to have panicked reactions right now,” Halkitis said.
COVID-19 symptoms ... but not COVID-19
- Patients have been suffering from respiratory illnesses, sore throats and other COVID-19-like symptoms because they’ve been reemerging from the public as states have lifted restrictions, as I explained for the Deseret News.
- “We may have other viruses that are more prevalent because we skipped a year of having those go through the community,” he said.