Common Cold – Combat Ready

Angie Szumlinski Health

In a new Yale-led study, researchers found that in patients with the COVID-19 infection only, antiviral defenses are low, and SARS-CoV-2 viral load is high. When patients also have the common cold early in the COVID-19 infection, antiviral defenses are high, and SARS-CoV-2 viral load is low. Interesting, so when we get the sniffles, we might be protecting ourselves from COVID?

Researchers are thinking this is a possibility, they found that the rhinovirus jump-starts the activity of interferon-stimulated genes which can halt the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within airway tissues infected with the cold. What is actually ironic in all of this is that during the COVID-19 peak months, no one left their homes except when absolutely necessary so the typical “cold and flu season” was non-existent for the most part.

The study highlights the importance of research and in this case, may help explain why at times of the year when colds are common, rates of infection with other viruses such as influenza tend to be lower. Although God willing, we have conquered this horrible pandemic, it is a little comforting to know that maybe, just maybe, the common cold may help our bodies fight off other infections such as influenza! So, the next time you “catch a cold” don’t complain! Appreciate your amazing body as it builds immunity to protect you from serious illness. Sure, stock up on tissues and over-the-counter cold remedies but be thankful! Stay well, stay informed, and stay tuned!