On any given day last month, an average of 4% of Americans said they were sick with the flu and 11.6% said they had a cold. That's the highest these figures have ever been since Gallup first starting keeping track back in 2008.
A new study could explain why we often get sick when it's cold outside. Researchers have learned that the virus for the common cold replicates more efficiently at cooler temperatures — especially inside our noses. The finding suggests we should keep our nose warm and avoid cold air when we're infected.
Despite all of the wonderful advances we've seen in modern medicine over the last century, we still have yet to crack a stubborn little virus: the common cold. What a letdown.
There's a common bit of folk wisdom that being physically cold triggers the onset of common cold symptoms. How much of this claim is the truth? And how much is fiction?
Our most powerful antibiotics can kill many different kinds of bacterial infections at once, but we're still searching for a single all-purpose drug that kills viruses. We may have just discovered it.
Learning there's no cure to the common cold is many people's first introduction to the frustrating limits of medical science. A new breakthrough could prove that old saying wrong.