Post By @CubanWindow summary translation from Lonely Hearts and Colds 

Some psychosocial factors, such as feeling lonely, rejected or excluded, can make the individual feel physically, mentally and emotionally ill with this unpleasant perception.

On the other hand, a cold is characterized mainly by fever, cough, chest and body pain, shortness of breath, general malaise, and even vomiting and diarrhea. In a solitary heart the clinical picture of this disease could be worsened. People who feel isolated tend to have worse symptoms.

A cold is never pleasant, but it can cause more discomfort in people with feelings of loneliness. And this is important to analyze, particularly for the human suffering of the solitaries coupled with the economic burden associated with the cold.

Many people miss work every year in our country and in almost all of them, because of this. And this is related to how they feel, not necessarily with the number of times they cough, sneeze or blow their nose.


At Rice University in Houston, Texas, researchers followed the mental and physical health of some volunteers while quarantined for bad flu in hotel rooms for a period of five days, and for some time afterwards.

Whether they felt alone or not, they did not seem to play a major role in acquiring the cold. Three quarters of the participants developed this process to which all had been exposed.

Those who reported less social support and felt more alone had more severe cold symptoms compared to people with the perception of being more emotionally backed.

Research confirms once again how loneliness puts people at risk of more intense physical illnesses. So far, no research has been done to look at an acute but transient disease to which we are all vulnerable, the common cold.


The greatest intensity of cold discomfort was independent of the amount of person known to the patient. It was related to the quality of relationships, not to the amount. That perception of loneliness seems to be the important thing about these cold symptoms.

Feeling alone is a form of mental stress and stress exacerbates illness. Having a disease is a stressful factor in and of itself. When added to the solitaire, the addition is likely to worsen the cold.


Thinking about the bad moments that sometimes arise inopportunely in the life of each one, it is not convenient to be sullen. You must be socially active by creating affective networks and working on them and your most cherished affections on a constant basis. By creating those tissues of tenderness, by getting sick, perhaps no one will feel so bad.

Although it must be kept in mind that the most beloved predilections are not only for bad moments. They are also to share with them and to spend together very good times.