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How is it possible to ‘catch a cold’?

By 1 October 2017Language Tips

Catch word of the week

Mr Sanchez believes he caught a cold from working outside on the weekend.

Catch is a common informal verb patients may use to explain how they developed conditions such as a cold, the flu or viruses.

It can only be used for illnesses that are contagious.

To go down with is also a common way of saying the same thing:

Sarah went down with the flu last week.

Do you know the formal verb equivalent for catch which healthcare professionals might use when communicating with each other?