Researchers are working on effective weapons against colds. In a few years you may even be vaccinated against a snot nose. Until then you can keep your cold under control with a simple nutritional supplement.
The body washes away viruses and dead cells in the mucosa with snot that runs from the nose or throat to the stomach.
Today we cannot drink much more than hot tea as soon as we start coughing and sniffling. But an Austrian researcher has patented an effective vaccine against colds.
The recurring ailment can be caused by as many as 200 different viruses, and since vaccines are normally targeted at one particular virus, it has been very difficult to make a good cold vaccine until recently.
Vaccine works in mice
In 2017, Rudolf Valenta, professor of immunization at the Medizinische Universität Wien in Austria, patented a vaccine that targets as many of the 99 rhinoviruses as possible.
Valenta now hopes that the vaccine will be approved for use in humans in six to eight years.© Kallista Images / Science Photo Library
Other scientists are testing new drugs that attack the virus when we are infected. Cathelicidine and WIN 52084, for example, prevent the virus from entering the cells, and the substance gem-citabine prevents the virus from making copies of its genome in the cell.
The new funds should be on the market in five to ten years. Until then, a simple dietary supplement is the best weapon against a cold. Various studies have shown that zinc reduces the disease period by around 40 percent.
Myths about colds
High dose of vitamin C protects against colds
Vitamin C deficiency weakens the immune system, but hardly anyone is affected. Numerous experiments show that vitamin C does not help against a cold better than a placebo, or that the effect is very small.
You get a cold sooner when you're cold
Cold viruses spread better if your temperature is 2-4 ° C lower than normal. But the main cause of the fact that you get a cold especially in the winter is that you are more inside, close to others.