Covid-19 Protection of the Common Cold

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In Africa we are coming to the end of our winter season. Contracting a cold is one of the strategies to reduce the risk of contracting Covid and for those going into the winter season. Welcome the immune response to the cold. It may actually now have even greater benefit.

Question is, why the push to still be vaccinated? Where is the push for natural immunity?

A news report by BBC states: The virus that causes the common cold can effectively boot the Covid virus out of the body’s cells, say researchers.

Some viruses are known to compete in order to be the one that causes an infection.

And University of Glasgow scientists say it appears cold-causing rhinovirus trumps coronavirus.

The benefits might be short-lived but rhinovirus is so widespread, they add, it could still help to suppress Covid.

Think of the cells in your nose, throat and lungs as being like a row of houses. Once a virus gets inside, it can either hold the door open to let in other viruses, or it can nail the door shut and keep its new home to itself.

Influenza is one of the most selfish viruses around, and nearly always infects alone. Others, such as adenoviruses, seem to be more up for a houseshare.

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