Head Cold Protects from Swine Flu


Scientists from the University of Lyon, France, and experts from other European universities have independently discovered that head cold greatly reduces the risk of catching a flu, including A/H1N1 virus.

Head Cold

Experts noted that the decreased prevalence of influenza was simultaneous with the increase in cases of rhinovirus infection, a respiratory disease causing head cold. Researchers say flu virus attaches to the mucous membranes of nasal passages so having running nose prevents its attachment and replication. Another curbing factor is a direct competition between viruses. Scientists jokingly say that now you can look at the bright side of your annoying head cold.

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