Interesting to know, you likely won’t catch a cold and suffer flu simultaneously, consistent with a replacement study that found strong evidence that the viruses that cause the illnesses interferes with one another. That might infer that the flu prevents or delays catching a cold, and the other way around. The research could develop potential new vaccines or treatments that substitute the way one virus wards off the other Experts are of opinion that the best prevention against influenza is to get a flu vaccine.
What the study discovered
University of Glasgow researchers in the United Kingdom records there have been enough clues that viruses like those that cause the flu and common cold doesn’t interfere with each other. It’s also evident the flu and cold viruses are active at different times of the year.
To substantiate their claims, researchers studied data of 9 years, sampling 44,230 cases of a respiratory illness in which each person was subjected to 11 virus groups tests.
The researchers inferred that each virus functions in a way that someone would not show symptoms of more than one infection at the same time.
A possible immune system
It’s still unknown how these viruses’ functions in tandem but it’s said that being affected by one virus develop immunity for other viruses. But it is apparent that flu virus can create immunity rhinovirus, that causes cold, or vice versa. If it is understood how it works then vaccines can be developed and prolong the delay further to prevent infection further.
As of now, flu shots can help prevent flu. 2019 flu outbreak was expected to highest in late December in the USA when as many as 5.3 million people in the country had already been affected by flu since October 1 through mid-November claiming around 4,500 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source