A Californian scientist now claims that he might have discovered how to cure a common cold. Unfortunately, the common cold is caused by various viruses, not just one, and that’s why scientists have been elusive in finding a cure.
Many separate respiratory viruses can be the culprit behind the common cold, but the majority of cases have the origins in the rhinovirus infections. There are about 160 different types of rhinoviruses, Jan Carette, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, explained.
More so, rhinoviruses are quite challenging as they are prone to mutations, which makes them incredibly resistant to treatment. However, scientists at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco may have discovered a method to stop a few of these viruses, including rhinoviruses.
A Californian Scientist Might Have Discovered A Cure For Common Cold
In a new paper published in the journal Nature Microbiology, Carette and his team details how they found a specific protein which is the main culprit that allows viruses to reproduce. This protein makes the cold flourish. The scientists managed to switch off this protein in human lung cells in culture and mice and discovered that it blocked the viruses from reproducing, which then prevented infection.
Jan Carette says that the study he and his fellow researchers conducted is just the beginning. For the research to have a therapeutic application in humans, it is crucial to create a drug that targets this protein alone.
Even though more observations and research is needed, there are a few things you can do in the meantime to get rid of the common cold. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you must wash your hands with soap and water multiple times per day, refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and keep away from close contact with anyone who has a common cold.