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Why can't we cure the common cold?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/06/why-cant-we-cure-the-common-cold

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Why can't we cure the common cold?
The common cold has the twin distinction of being both the world's most widespread infectious disease and one of the most elusive. The name is a problem, for starters.

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The Common Cold

The Common Cold

With over 200 different kinds of viruses that make up the common cold, Science is struggling to find a cure.

Adults suffer this elusive, widespread, and infectious disease 2 to 4 times a year, and children up to 10 times.

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The 7 Identified Virus Families

The 7 Identified Virus Families

Scientists to date have identified seven virus families that cause the majority of colds:

  • rhinovirus
  • the new 2019
  • influenza
  • parainfluenza
  • adenovirus
  • respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • metapneumovirus.

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Vaccines vs Drugs

Vaccines vs Drugs

For Doctors, vaccines are preferable to drugs as they protect the host even before any infection.

For Pharmaceutical companies (Big Pharma), vaccines don't spell money, as much as over-the-counter drugs and treatment do.

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Big Pharma is wary of investing

Big Pharma is wary of investing

Due to a low possibility of any success, and spectacular failures in the last 100 years, pharma companies are wary of investing time, resources and capital in any new research for the common cold.

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  • Wash your hand often during the day.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow or a napkin.
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