The common cold is a condition that causes a sore throat, runny nose, congestion, cough, sneezing, mild body aches or headaches from milk and even mild fever. The signs and symptoms of the common cold may vary from person to person. The common cold is usually the result of a viral infection of the nose and throat. It can make you feel weak for days, but it is usually harmless. Children under 6 have a high risk of a common cold. Conditions are also quite common in adults, and can occur two or three times in a year. People who have weak immunity or those who eat frequently are also at risk of a common cold.
Now, you'll soon be able to stop a common cold before it affects you. Scientists have discovered a new approach that can prevent the spread of the common cold virus and can also provide complete protection against viral infection. Rhinoviruses are responsible for the common cold in humans. There are 160 different types of viruses and, so far, it has been difficult to detect their ability to quickly become resistant to drugs.
The common cold can cause coughing and sneezing
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According to the study published in Nature Microbiology, the common cold caused by the rhinovirus can be prevented in the future through the use of host-directed therapy. This therapy allowed investigations to attack a specific protein that viruses used to replicate and multiply. ISomehow, therapy can prevent the body from being the host of the viruses that cause the common cold.
Researchers at Stanford University and the University of California said that by deactivating the protein called methyltransferase SETD3, viruses that cause the common cold lose their ability to replicate inside cells.
The results of the study showed that activation of SETD3 can also prevent virus replication and keep the common cold at bay. It can also prevent other dangerous viruses, including those that have been linked to polio and paralysis.
This new approach can be used to develop a new medication that can temporarily suppress the protein and stop the common cold.
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Home remedies for the common cold
Some simple precautions and lifestyle measures can help prevent the common cold. Maintaining proper hygiene and eating clean homemade food can be effective in preventing the common cold. The following are other common cold home remedies that can help:
- Wash your hands regularly: Before and after eating, after using the bathroom and entering the house after spending a few hours outdoors, you should wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant.
Wash your hands regularly to avoid getting infections and common colds
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- Use scarves: Whenever you are coughing or sneezing, be sure to use tissues. Discard the tissues and wash your hands afterwards.
- Avoid sharing: Do not share drinking water, glasses or utensils when someone around you is sick. Use your own glasses and utensils and make sure they are well cleaned before using them.
- Keep your interior clean: Your house should be cleaned regularly with appropriate disinfectants. Moping, sweeping and dusting should be done daily. Children's toys should also be washed periodically.
- Stay away from someone suffering from cold.
- Eat a healthy diet: Avoid eating restaurant food or junk food restaurants, especially during the weather change. Exercise regularly and work to get adequate sleep. Do not stress.
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