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Would the human seasonal coronaviruses be just as deadly as COVID-19 in a population with no prior immunity?

The seasonal coronaviruses attach exclusively to cells with a ciliated epithelium. Coronaviruses invade the respiratory tract via the nose. After an incubation period of about 3 days, they cause the ...
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What determines whether an influenza virus causes the flu or a cold?

Is Influenza the disease simply a shorthand for a disease caused by an Influenza virus that happens to clinically present as worse than a cold? Pretty much. You have to bear in mind that until the ...
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Will there ever be a universal vaccine for the common cold?

If I get infected once with the virus which causes a common cold, does that mean I will not get infected with the same strain of the virus ever in my lifetime? It depends on quirks of your immune ...
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Catch a cold from the grass?

No, you can't catch a cold from plants. You can, however, inhale lots of grass pollen because... we would run around and lots of dried grass dust would get kicked up. The second clue it's a pollen ...
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Is a general vaccine against getting a cold possible?

The problem with treating "the common cold" is that it's really a large collection of similar illnesses caused by completely different strains of virus. The effects are similar, but the ...
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Can common cold really be lethal?

It is extremely unlikely that common cold as such would kill you, but the complications could. The definition of a common cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat as reflected from its Latin ...
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Does efficacy of the flu vaccine change if received while sick with the common-cold?

No, it doesn't Vaccines contain the same antigens (or parts of antigens) that cause diseases. For example, measles vaccine contains measles virus. But the antigens in vaccines are either killed, or ...
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What would happen to the body if the immune system failed to respond to a rhinovirus?

This was answered very well by @anongoodnurse in Biology.SE question What are the effects of the common cold in an immunodeficient person? plus there was a study by Bowden (1997) which indicated that: ...
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Difference between common cold and flu?

Symptoms, in short: Common cold: blocked nose, yellow/green mucus, scratchy throat lasting for 7-14 days (usually no headache, fever or fatigue), year round Hay fever (allergy to pollens): runny ...
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Difference between common cold and flu?

In general a cold (usually rhinovirus), Influenza, or even a bacterial infection can have quite similar symptoms. If contracted through airborne particles, they primarily affect the respiratory system....
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Effect of the common cold on the immune system

I've written on this subject a few times, but the most relevant question ended up being closed, and the other is on Bio.SE, so I will mostly focus on tailoring the information there to the specifics ...
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Would the human seasonal coronaviruses be just as deadly as COVID-19 in a population with no prior immunity?

I should add here that there has been a case of ARDS reported for the alphacoronavirus 229E (i.e. a "common cold" coronavirus) in 2018. But ARDS occurrences are of course, much less common in these "...
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What is the Fatality Rate of the Common Cold?

SARS-Cov-2 is a distinct virus that causes a distinct disease: COVID-19. Virus influenzae is a distinct virus (or a term for a small group of similar viruses) that causes a distinct disease: seasonal ...
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Who to go to for diagnosis of random seizures?

I'll be answering this question in the way @DaveL edited the post. The specialist you should go to is a neurologist. They are the ones who are most qualified when it comes to seizures. In the mean ...
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Swallowing mucus gaves me sore throat?

Naturally, your nasal passageways and sinuses drain down into the back of your throat - and you swallow the drainage without even realizing it. In the diagram below, it's the oropharynx where your ...
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How fast can a common cold progress/develop into pneumonia?

First, the definitions: A common cold (or "head cold") is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Tracheitis and bronchitis can be refered as a "chest cold" ...
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Can common cold really be lethal?

Adding to Jan's answer, I found this, which was just published today. Emphasis is mine. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-american-killed-by-asian-islanders-hoped-to-save-their-...
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Reason behind testing blood when someone is suffering from Common cold and fever?

There are differences between individual clinicians' ways of approaching things, and regional ones as well, so I can't speak for every clinician. But respiratory infections are one of the most common ...
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The Common Cold - what does the name refer to?

The thing to recognize is that until the past century, they didn't know that a cold was a virus, but may well have associated it more with actual effects caused by the cold. Indeed, this line at ...
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

I haven't been able to find anything useful about ginger, but I've found some publications about garlic and - to make long story short - there is lack of good quality evidence for its effectiveness. ...
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What are the actual symptoms of the common cold?

Common cold is one of the labels used to describe non specific infection of the upper respiratory tract. Other labels include acute rhinitis, acute rhinopharyngitis or acute coryza. Upper respiratory ...
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Accidentally took cold medicine an hour early

The main concern here is whether you took more than a recommended daily and more than a recommended single dose. That being said, people are different (in body mass, metabolism, health status etc.), ...
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How to tell if the common cold has turned to an infection

As has been pointed out in the comments, a common cold is already a (viral) infection. By far the largest part of upper airway infections are viral and the body is very capable of clearing them up. ...
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the number of incidences and severity/duration of the common cold?

Taken from skeptics.stackexchange.com: Summary: There is not yet enough evidence to form an opinion. The 2014 Cochrane review, Garlic for the common cold by Elizabeth Lissiman, Alice L Bhasale and ...
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Why is my sense of balance bad when I'm sick?

What you are talking about is likely to be problems within the inner ears. One condition which can cause this is Labyrinthitis. Labyrinthitis is an inner ear disorder. The two vestibular nerves in ...
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Do vitamins protect you from common cold?

Research results are somewhat inconsistent but generally seem to be unfavorable to vitamins alone (in contrast to vitamins in combination with other things). From "Prevention and treatment of the ...
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How does resting influence the recovery time of a common cold?

There is a study that the amount of sleep is associated with the probability of getting infected by the common cold. The researchers attribute the finding to the impaired functioning of the immune ...
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

There seems to be lack of evidence about beneficial effects of ginger on common cold. According to WebMD (info from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database), there is insufficient evidence about the ...
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Does isotretinoin increase your chance of colds and flus?

Yes, URTI includes common colds and flu but is not limited to them. It includes rhinitis (nose inflammation due to bacterial or viral infections), sinusitis (infection/inflammation of nasal sinuses), ...
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Any irreversible damage from not treating common cold right

Common colds are exactly that, common. Lots of people contract colds and there are no significant health repercussions. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Coldcomfort.aspx However, if you ...
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