10 doctors weighed in:
If everyone on the earth was quarantined for a period of 2 weeks or more, would the cold and flu disappear?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
The virus is carried in other animals such as birds and pigs.

In brief: No
The virus is carried in other animals such as birds and pigs.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Dr. Tim Conrad
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
Many viruses including those causing colds and flu can be infectious even though they are not actively within body cells.
Some cold and flu viruses exist within cells and do not cause any symptoms in certain individuals. So it is unlikely that a two week total quanantine would make any difference.

In brief: Unlikely
Many viruses including those causing colds and flu can be infectious even though they are not actively within body cells.
Some cold and flu viruses exist within cells and do not cause any symptoms in certain individuals. So it is unlikely that a two week total quanantine would make any difference.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cold and flu
No.

In brief: Cold and flu
No.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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