If you have kids, you invariably get sick more often—but how often, exactly? A new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine reveals that big families have viral infections for an amazing 87 percent of the year.
Kids, especially young ones, pick up everything. The only avenue I could see skewing the findings in the study would be for people who work in healthcare. I don’t think I’ve ever been sicker than when I worked in a hospital, and that was on the maternity ward.
The study confirms what we’ve known, but provides nothing of real value. Is anyone going to stop having kids because of this?
People don’t die of the Black Plague in the 21st century — except when they do. And the disease won’t be going away any time soon.
Earlier this month, a high school student in Colorado died of the disease. On average, seven people in the U.S. catch the plague every year; some years, it’s only one, and in other years, it’s as many as 17. Worldwide, the plague strikes about 2,000 people every year, and about 10% of them will die. That’s quite a step down for the disease that killed nearly a third of the population of Medieval Europe in its heyday. But why hasn’t the plague faded quietly into the history books?