• Question: have you ever gotten ill because of someone else?

    Asked by sgurung on 3 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Kate Mitchell

      Kate Mitchell answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      Yes, often! Lots of infectious diseases – cold, flu, chickenpox – are caught from someone else, and I’ve had all of those!

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      Aleksandr Sahakyan answered on 3 Mar 2020: last edited 3 Mar 2020 5:26 pm


      Many times (there are months I may even get ill nearly once a week)! This is the natural order of things, and you need to get some mild airborne diseases from others in order to maintain your immune system in an ever stimulated and alert state.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I work with children – they always share their coughs and colds with me!!

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      Paige Chandler answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      All the time, unfortunately! Working inside in a small office with lots of people, with the same air circulating around, means diseases can spread fast. If one of my colleagues catches a cold, most of us will have it by the end of the week.

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      Amadou Camara answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes common cold which is airborn

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes! I think everyone has because that’s how viruses and bacteria like to spread. I remember one time though when I was younger when me, my brother, my sister and my Dad all had chicken pox at the same time and we were all sat on the sofa trying not to scratch and itch

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      I’ve never been seriously ill but I get coughs and colds a lot. My boyfriend works with little kids and they’re always coughing on him! He must have a strong immune system because he’ll have a cough for a day and then pass it to me for a week.

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes, I’ve caught many coughs and colds from different people over the years! Luckily, I’ve never caught anything too serious.

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      Chun Hei Kwok answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes, and chickenpox was the main one. When I was in primary school, I sat with three other classmates. One of them had chickenpox (possibly not showing obvious symptoms yet), and spread it to the three of us. I was absent from school for a week because of that.
      Infectious disease is indeed a big thing, but they are preventable. Make sure you adopt as many of the preventive measures you can daily (for example, wash your hands thoroughly after being in the public) so that you can lower the risk of getting infection. This is particularly important during this critical period when there is the COVID-19 outbreak!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes quite a lot! I have caught chickenpox, flu and colds from other people.

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      All the time! It’s just part of working with other people!

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      YES! when one person in my family gets sick, slowly everyone does!

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 4 Mar 2020:


      Yes, mainly colds and the flu. But I guess this is normal when living with my boyfriend, working with my colleagues and moving around London in the underground!

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 7 Mar 2020: last edited 7 Mar 2020 11:51 am


      A few times, I think. It happens when you live in a community and some diseases are very contagious, like chickenpox or the cold. I don’t think I caught anything else

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      Sarah Brown answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      Yes – all the time annoyingly since I have quite a poor immune system. This isn’t anything to do with my job however, it would still happen if I did a different job.

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