Some have noted that the common cold is a coronavirus. This is true. But, it should not be confused with Covid19. You already know to protect yourself and others with a mask and to keep distance between you and others to prevent the spread of disease.
But, that doesn’t mean one should give up interacting with people. Just do it safely. The simple act of interacting with a variety of friends in your social network can provide both physical and mental health benefits.
More from the CDC about the common cold vs. Covid19 can be found in the link below:
In a recent book by Dr. Bandy Lee, he wrote:
“Many studies document the impacts of social relationships. One of the most provocative found that social connections with spouse, parents, family members, coworkers, groups or organizations protect against the common cold (Cohen et al. 1997)
What was most important about this finding, however, was that it was not just the number of social connections that protected against symptoms such as a runny nose, but also their variety.
Having many versus fewer friends was not protective, but having a variety of types of relationships with family, friends, etc. resulted in fewer symptoms following exposure to a cold virus.
A final important feature of social connections points also to the importance of varied perspectives. In examining how groups adopt innovations, sociologist and communications theorist Everettt Rogers noted the importance of tight-knit, cohesive networks in quickly and effectively acting to implement a good idea (Rogers and Kincaid 1981)
But where do the good ideas come from? One source of good ideas was observed to be “weak ties”. One member of a tightly knit group might have a connection to someone in another village, a sister-in-law who is a lawyer, or a job that takes him periodically to the “big city”. Such weak ties, not intimate or especially important in day-to-day activities, nevertheless provide exposure to innovations.
The combination of new ideas plus a cohesive network to implement them provides the idea for and the execution of innovation.”