Jul 3 2003, 09:00 PM
I was just wondering if anybody here knew anything about the common cold and how it can be cured. There must be a way to bring all those strains down!
Jul 3 2003, 09:13 PM
Considering that it is not a fatal or debilitating disease and that so much of the nation's economy is based on over the counter treatments, I would say that there is no incentive to find a cure.
Jul 3 2003, 10:48 PM
It is caused by a virus. If a consistent marker on the coating of this virus can be identified, a vaccine is possible. This virus in known to change its markers which deters having a reliable vaccine. Exact details of where research is, I do not know. I would also guess an intranasal vaccine would work the best.
Jul 4 2003, 03:20 AM
It might be noted here that the term "common cold" refers to a wide variety of viri that mutate frequently, so it's not just one organism. This would make finding a vaccine to "cure" the "common cold" a lot more difficult, possibly impossible.
Jul 4 2003, 04:25 AM
You can create a vaccine for it every year, like the flu. However, the common cold doesn't really need to be cured, so we don't.
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