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Would the common cold die out if we all stayed at home?

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It often seems like the common cold is unavoidable, but would global quarantine work at wiping out this viral infection?

Asked by: Spencer Warhurst, by email


Yes, global quarantine would work in theory, but if just one person evaded it, the disease would be free to spread again.


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Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.


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