Is There an Uncommon Cold?

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  • 8 months ago
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    the answer is complicated.. it is a yes and a no - depending on who you ask.. it is like seeing a UFO or an unidentified flying object.. most people can agree on what makes a flying object identifiable.. if it is a bird, it is a bird.. if it is a plane, it is a plane.. but when we are talking about seeing a UFO high in the sky, it opens to a number of possible explainations.. this thing could be the result of a rare atmospheric phenomena, it could be a ghost or a supernatural being, and it could simply mean that we do not have proper tools (binoculars or telescopes) to better see the object more clearly..

    but the vast majority of people would associate a UFO to aliens or visitors from another planet - even though the U in the UFO can hold several other theories..

    to be honest, i do not think that there is something called 'uncommon cold' that most doctors and scientists can agree on.. however, when this term is used, they often relate to dangerous epidemics that are often fatal or with severe complications; but let's take a step back and let's see what the common cold means..

    the common cold is a viral infection causing running nose, cough and fever usually for 5 days to 14 days and sometimes upto 3 weeks that should resolve on its own, however occasionally can cause other health problems like, pneumonia.. over 200 virus strains are implicated in causing the common cold, with rhinoviruses being the most common..

    they spread through the air during close contact with infected people or indirectly through contact with objects in the environment followed by transfer to the mouth or nose.. and it is called common because of its ability to spread to a large number of people and to a large number of communities all around the world..

    and it is called 'cold' because of the high fever.. if you have a mild or a moderate fever, you are more likely to feel warm or hot.. but if you have a high-grade fever, you will feel cold - hence the word "cold" even though your skin is extremely warm..

    in a high-grade fever, you would feel chills (feel cold) and often get rigors (shivers); so if you have fever with chills and rigors, that usually means a high-grade fever -- a step or two from permanent brain damage if left untreated or un-managed for long..

    in short.. a common cold is defined by few things.. it is a viral infection that lasts few days and often resolves without complications, and it is shared by a large number of people and communities around the world.. so which of these factors should we change in order to make common uncommon?



    so as you can see.. the term common cold is very specific.. but when you add 'un' to the word common, then you get yourself into trouble, because the term has not been defined yet.. you can argue that any viral infection (other than the above 200 strains) like Rabies and measles can be said to be uncommon cold.. and also any bacterial infection, like Tuberculosis and Pertussis (Whooping cough) can be called an uncommon cold..

    in the recent years.. the term 'uncommon cold' is often used in medical reports and in the media to label dangerous infections that can be fatal.. it starts with a doctor diagnosing a patient with a "common cold", but later, the illness takes an aggressive turn - often fatal or causes prolonged hospitalization with significant damage and complications..this is how the "common cold" becomes uncommon in most of these reports.. a good example is the SARS Corona virus that is now dominating the news in large parts of Asia; doctors first thought that they had the common flu in their hands until it started killing people.. other examples include the Nipah virus and the Bird flu..

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    It's called "the common cold" because any one or ones of at least 200 rhinoviruses can be the cause of the affliction the person has.  It's too costly & time-consuming to bother to determine exactly which one is responsible.  

    As noted elsewhere in this forum by "Jimmy", S.A.R.S. is but one variety of "uncommon cold."  Another is the current Coronavirus 19.

  • 8 months ago

    SARS is a type of uncommon cold

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No, but l mean l guess... Rhinovirus causes most colds. l supposed there couId be Iess common viruses that cause coIds that you couId refer to as "uncommon colds" if you wanted. GeneraIIy you wiII never hear that phrase though, and they wouId have to test it to see what virus it is, etc. 

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