Thing is, it’s just not practical to avoid anyone who might have a cold, in case we relapse weeks later, is it?
I must say, I do appreciate it if germ-ridden friends and relatives steer well clear of me until they’re better - but I think that’s a basic courtesy you should extend to anyone you know is already ill, and not lumber them with more.
I can’t expect people to stay off planned events like college, and (in the past) work, on my account, but I can expect them not to suggest a one-to-one meet-up, when it’s obvious they’re infected - or at least to give me some choice. Not too hard to say: “I’d love to meet, but I’ve got a really stinking cold - don’t know if that’s OK for you?”, is it?
Of course, I don’t expect people with no experience of MS to know that a cold might trigger a relapse, but I do expect them to think about whether it’s fair to risk making an ill person even iller! Just basic consideration, isn’t it? If you feel shitty, don’t go round to a friend with existing health problems, and share it. Exactly the same if there’s a baby or an old person - anyone vulnerable. You don’t insist on meeting them with a stinking cold - it’s thoughtless.
But shops and public places, it can’t be helped. I went down with a cold a few weeks ago, when I’d barely been out. College had already broken up for Christmas, so I narrowed it down to either when I popped to the corner shop for bread, or it must have literally come with the post, when someone delivered a parcel. I don’t know how anyone can sit at home alone as much as me, and still come home with a cold if they pop out for five minutes!
It’s such a pain! Where did I catch this? Oh, can only be buying that bread/milk - gaaaaagghhh.