Rhinoviruses may play a critical role in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 among the human population.
Going out in the cold won't necessarily lead to you getting a cold. But cold weather in general is more hospitable to viruses, so it's wise to take steps to keep your immune system strong.
Resistant bacteria aren't the only risk posed by overprescribing antibiotics. A more immediate risk is side-effects and reactions, which a new review shows are surprisingly frequent and often severe.
A new study finds a link between having young children at home and a lower risk of catching COVID-19.
Reports describe a Hong Kong man who was reinfected with the coronavirus after returning from Europe. Does that mean he wasn't immune after the first infection?
Some people who have never had COVID-19 have the antibodies to fight it – possibly from an earlier infection with a different coronavirus.
We don't have vaccines for the Sars, Mers or the common cold. But that doesn't mean scientists won't crack it this time.
Ever heard of 229E, OC43, NL63 and HKU1?
Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.
You'll catch your death!
Getting rid of this scourge is nothing to be sneezed at.
If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you'll reach for a tissue or hanky for a good blow. But is your technique up to scratch?
Antibiotics are wrongly being prescribed for infections where they won't work and cutting this down could help combat resistance. But change isn't as easy as just providing the means.
The most contagious phase of a cold is early in the “runny nose” phase – not later when the secretions become coloured.
The “common cold” is common, most of us will have at least one or two per year. Despite this, there's a lack of good research looking into it, and ways to prevent and treat it.
We recently submitted a complaint about the promotion of Ease-a-Cold products, which claim to be “clinically proven” to shorten your cold.
Emerging science could help us gain a better understanding of the annual phenomenon of students falling ill when they head back to uni.
There's no doubt chronic alcohol abuse changes the body's infection-defence system. But here's what the research says on whether a binge-drinking weekend can make people more susceptible to illness.
Antibiotics can prevent serious harm and stop infections becoming fatal. But they won't kill common cold and flu viruses, and careless overprescribing by doctors can do more harm than good.
You wake up and feel under the weather. If you're vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work?