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April 2009
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Grizzly Weinstein [userpic]
Got to thinking

When someone is stranded alone on a desert/tropical/whatever island and is rescued after some number of years (say 5). When they get back to civilization, do they catch 5 years worth of flus, colds, etc...?

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My guess is no, because some things will have come, decimated, and gone or been wiped out of the population by the time they return. People don't get the Russian flu any more, do they? (Or do they?) (Hmmm)

um, I can speak from some experience here:

hope to see you and Mattole soon.

does a newborn catch all the colds ever existed in the worldness?

yes and no.

Newborns get inherited immunities. (Well, ideally, anyway. Breastfeeding is important.)

Not necessarily, however, they are going to not have immunities that everyone around them will have, which means that they're more likely to catch things that they are exposed to, and more likely to get really sick rather than getting mildly sick (because a lot of the immunities are partial, but hey, partial helps).

gads I'd hope not!

YES, and the same issue is will also relate to the rescuers, imagine what your body could develop in 5 years alone. This is a good reason for quarantine. Staph infections in our prisons is a related scenario.

Here's to hoping we don't get stranded on a deserted island. Unless they have good coffee, I can pick a handful of good freinds, books, baord games, writing paper and utenisls, cooking implements, etc.