Common Cold

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Common Cold

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We have a good chance of curing the common cold in next ten years – a scientist explains

Some people get barely any symptoms and recover rapidly. Others end up confined to bed, surrounded by used tissues. For those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions, it can even be life-threatening. We’d all dearly like to see a cure for the common cold, but it never quite seems to arrive. So what’s the hold up—and will it be over soon?

The common cold is actually a catch-all term for a variety of viral infections that cause sore throats, headaches, coughs and sneezes. Men may be predisposed to suffer more from these symptoms, though the existence of “man flu” is a subject for another day.

The most common variety of common cold is rhinovirus, which accounts…

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 We have a good chance of curing the common cold in next ten years – a scientist explains

Yet when the day finally comes that science cracks the common cold, we will need to be extremely cautious. It is worth drawing a parallel with antibiotics: Just as antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious problem, the same thing can happen with viral treatments. It would therefore be unwise to start doling out the “cold cure” to everyone who has a cold.

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While the cold and flu are both viral infections, they stem from different viruses. The cold is caused by one of the hundreds of subsets of the adenovirus or coronavirus. The flu, on the other hand, is caused by the respiratory influenza virus.

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Common Cold

Our goal is to provide a framework for critical thinking which will allow informed decisions about medical care for the common cold.


Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. Most people recover in about 7-10 days. You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.

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Answers to common cold questions


From the sniffles and sneezes to a sore throat and annoying cough, the common cold usually catches up with us at one time or another.


The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract – your nose and throat. A common cold is usually harmless, although it may not feel that way. If it's not a runny nose, sore throat and cough, it's the watery eyes, sneezing and congestion – or maybe all of the above. In fact, because any one of more than 100 viruses can cause a common cold, signs and symptoms tend to vary greatly.


What is the common cold, and what causes it?


You can get a cold by touching your eyes or nose after you touch surfaces with cold germs on them. You can also inhale the germs. Symptoms usually begin 2 or 3 days after infection and last 2 to 14 days. Washing your hands and staying away from people with colds will help you avoid colds.

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