Oh, please stay home! My son had a slightly compromised immune system when he was young due to his disability. And when he got colds, they were so much more aggressive due to his tiny nasal passages, ear canals, etc. Then the colds always turned bacterial with sinus, ear and lung infecftions that required much longer and higher dose antibiotics. All because somebody just couldn’t stay home like like the doctors tell you to.
If you have a cold and still have symptoms, you are infectious. If you have even a slightly elevated temperature, you are even more infectious. You don’t have to touch someone or cough on them or sneeze on them. Unless you can hold your breath for over an hour, please just stay home.
If you so much as wipe your nose during Mass and then touch the collection basket or the missalette, you’ve just passed on your virus which can survive for hours.
It is easy for folks who have an easy time of a cold to say, “its just a cold, not the end of the world.” For those of us with asthma, COPD or a disability that makes a cold much more dangerous, its not the truth at all. Our lungs seize up, our throats can swell to the point we suffocate or it turns into a more deadly bacterial infection.