Monday, March 24, 2008

Overheard in the Software Lab

"If I were to wear short sleeves because my office is so warm, I'd catch a cold going into the kitchen..."

Once again - one does not catch cold from being cold! It's the same word - but being cold won't cause anyone to catch a cold!

(To a first approximation, of course).


Anonymous Anita said...

Actually, anything that produces stress in the body will depress the immune system and therefore cause the person to be more susceptible to getting sick.

So prolonged exposure to cold could indirectly cause someone to get sick.

Tue Mar 25, 03:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Smashed said...

That's what we meant by "to a first approximation"

Certainly the risk due to a slightly cool cafeteria is negligible.

Thu Mar 27, 08:09:00 AM EDT  

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