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The Common Cold

Paul Michniewicz ae159 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA
Mon Apr 7 17:57:21 EST 1997


I have a question concerning the transmission of the common cold.  A
friend and I were wondering if was possible if a person could catch the
same cold twice because of the cold virus mutating.

Hypothetically speaking, suppose subject A had a cold and infected subject
B.  Subject A gets better while the cold virus in subject B mutates. 
Could subject B then infect subject A and, if so, what are the odds of
this happening (quantitative estimates would be real nice).

thanks for your help and interest,


Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing 
random digits is of course, in a state of sin.

				- John von Neumann

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