6. Turns out, it really wasn't a cold. It's a pandemic.
Epidemics are so 20th century. You should be worrying about pandemics. The last time we experienced one, half the world's population was stricken within six months. There's nothing a pandemic loves more than close quarters. Like where you live. And how long would it take to visit? Given our society's general impatience and expectation of overnight delivery, it'll probably be knocking on your door within 24 hours. Don't even bother calling your doctor because you'll just be prescribed with a heavy dose of "deal with it!"
Your best option in a pandemic is to isolate yourself from hot zones ASAP and wait it out. It may be a while until you see your neighbors. The government should be way ahead of you and working hard at quarantining and curing whatever is spreading so fast. Stock up and hide out with a TV or radio and wait for (hopefully good) news.
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