It may be a bit premature to start popping the champagne but Scientists may have found the cure for the common cold.

“We have identified a single human protein that helps the common cold virus to replicate and spread,” Carette tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Inactivating this protein could be a new strategy to prevent colds.”


He adds: “Most cases of the common cold are caused by rhinoviruses. There are more than 150 types of this virus. A typical vaccine like the influenza vaccine contains at most four types, so making it for all 150 strains would be extremely challenging.


Our approach is different because we only have to target this one human protein that all of these different types depend on to make us sick.”

Carette notes that this study is just the beginning.

“This is still experimental,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “and for it to have a therapeutic application in humans, it is important to develop a drug targeting this protein.”

With Fall and Winter on the way there are things you can do in the meantime to ward off colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Wash your hands with soap and water often; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.


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