The Huffington Post – Ask Healthy Living: Can You Catch The Same Cold Twice?
Health experts answer readers' most burning health questions.
I just got over a cold, and now it seems I've passed it along to my coworker. Is it possible to get sick again from her cold (which was originally my cold)? Your body has built up antibodies and developed immunity against that particular strain of the virus, said Roberto Posada, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. And even if you did get infected again, it would likely be a milder form of the sickness – so mild, in fact, that one might not even notice they were sick with it. However, it's nearly impossible to know with 100 percent certainty that you were the one who gave your coworker the cold. "The problem is that there are so many strains of viruses [that] can cause a cold," Posada tells HuffPost. "If you have a cold, and now your coworker has a cold, it may be a different one from the one you had. Then you definitely can catch it." Learn more.