Recently I caught a cold in presumably an amazingly short period of time (~6h). From prior infections I had the experience to have 24 to 48 hours "left" being a bit ill, before being forced to stay in bed. Observing my disease I asked myself what went different this time. In general I don't get ill too easy.
- Morning: got to work as usual feeling reasonably well
- 12pm: ate some sushi bought from a supermarket
- ~3 pm: ate a bowl of strawberries - unwashed
- 6pm: already felt a scratchy throat
- 9pm: having a Skype call planning some event, starting to have a headache
- 11pm: falling to bed really exhausted
- I did not have contact with visibly ill people during that day.
My theory now is, that the unwashed strawberries carried the pathogen. Here are some thoughts that might support this:
Since I got hit so fast I'm assuming being exposed to a high number of bacteria.
The pathogens where possibly passed by an ill harvester.
Strawberries being sweet, moist and un-chilled seem to be the perfect fertile ground for reproduction.
The incubation period of colds is usually a lot longer (2-5 days). Does a higher number of bacteria result in a shorter incubation period?
Washing the strawberries would have helped. The bacteria was just on the surface area, since the vessels of the strawberries of course where not alive anymore.
Am I right with my assumptions or did I miss something? I'd like you to confirm or debunk my theory of getting ill.