Colds feel worse to lonely people, study suggests

A new study has revealed that colds feel worse to lonely people.

In new research, conducted by a team of US scientists, it was concluded that feeling lonely doesn't make you more susceptible to getting a cold nor will it make your symptoms worse but it will make it feel worse.

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During the experiment, the team asked 213 healthy adults to complete questionnaires related to loneliness, their social networks and their mood before being infected with the common cold through nasal drops.

The group was then quarantined for five days and made to record their symptoms as well as the severity of them on a scale of one to five.

After taking into account factors including age, sex, the season, education, income and mood markers, the scientists found that the participants who scored higher on loneliness were no more likely to get a cold than those with low scores, but they did report symptoms of greater severity.

The scientists also found a link between the quality of friendships in relation to health. “When it comes to our health it seems that it is the quality of our social relationships that may be more important than just the quantity,” said Angie LeRoy, a co-author of the study from Rice University. “It doesn’t matter if [the participants] had a large social network - it mattered about how they felt about their social network.”

Maybe people aren't wrong after all when they say you only need five proper friends in life, hey?

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