The Common Cold

Paul Michniewicz ae159 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA
Mon Apr 7 17:57:21 EST 1997


Hello:

I have a question concerning the transmission of the common cold.  A
friend and I were wondering if was possible if a person could catch the
same cold twice because of the cold virus mutating.

Hypothetically speaking, suppose subject A had a cold and infected subject
B.  Subject A gets better while the cold virus in subject B mutates. 
Could subject B then infect subject A and, if so, what are the odds of
this happening (quantitative estimates would be real nice).

thanks for your help and interest,

Paul

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