More people report getting the common cold as masking eases

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  • May 27, 2021
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As many vaccinated people start to resume normal activities, in-person, maskless, and without social distancing concerns, some are experiencing something they have not felt in more than a year. They are getting sick. It isn’t with COVID-19, but rather, with run-of-the-mill colds and other viruses.

One Twitter user, @ventrebleu, lamented the “irony,” writing, “I’m now fully vaccinated and I have a cold.”

Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease specialist with Novant Health, notes some people’s good stretch with no illness is coming to an end.

“I’ve run into many people who said, ‘I haven’t had a cold in a year and a half. I haven’t been sick at all,’ and they were masking all that time,” Priest said.

Priest said as masking and social distancing go by the wayside, so do two measures that protected against more than just COVID-19.

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