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The Cold Virus. By: Mady Cichy and John Esposito . The Common Cold . Is a viral infection Infects upper respiratory system More than two hundred viruses can cause a cold Group called rhinoviruses cause 30 to 50 percent of all colds Almost all colds clear up in two weeks . Symptoms.

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the cold virus

The Cold Virus

By: MadyCichy and John Esposito

the common cold
The Common Cold
  • Is a viral infection
  • Infects upper respiratory system
  • More than two hundred viruses can cause a cold
  • Group called rhinoviruses cause 30 to 50 percent of all colds
  • Almost all colds clear up in two weeks
symptoms
Symptoms
  • Cold symptoms usually start 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus
  • Nasal Congestion: also called a stuffy nose.
  • The nose becomes congested when the tissues lining becomes swollen
  • Sneezing: Caused by irritation to the mucus membranes if the nose and throat
  • Cough: Caused by recent upper airway infections
  • Headache: Sinus headaches cause pain in the front head and face.
  • Headaches are caused by the swelling in the sinus passage.
  • Symptoms mostly affect the nose area
how is the cold spread
How is the cold spread?
  • The cold virus is contagious during the first two to four days of sickness.
  • It can be spread in various ways including:
    • Coughing
    • Sneezing
    • Speaking
    • Fluid Droplets
    • Breathing
    • Contact
    • Non-living object with the virus on it
what does this virus look like
What does this virus look like?

This is what the cold virus cell actually looks like.

This is a diagram of a cold virus cell.

who is the most susceptible
Who is the most susceptible
  • Everyone is susceptible to the cold!
  • Although everyone is susceptible children are especially susceptible
  • The average child gets 3-8 colds a year
  • Why? Kids immunes system have not built up an immunity to the types of cold virus they get.
  • When a child gets sick in a preschool and other areas of interaction the cold spreads rather quickly.
current research
Current Research
  • A number of antivirals have been tested, however as of 2009 none have been found successful
  • There are ongoing trials that do show promise
  • DRACO- an antiretroval therapy being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
history of the cold virus
History of the Cold Virus
  • Been identified since the 1950’s
  • It’s been described in ancient Egypt in the Ebers Papyrus (oldest existing medical text)
  • The name “common cold” came into use in the 1600’s, due to the similarity between it’s symptoms and the cold weather
treatment of the common cold
Treatment of the Common Cold
  • There is no actual purpose
  • Two goals for treatment: make you feel better and fight off the virus
  • Important to drink lots of water and if it is hot and humid that helps as well.
  • Aches and pains along with a fever?
    • Take Tylenol, but not aspirin! If you are not over 12 you can contract Reyes Syndrome which can be fatal.
    • Coughing is also helpful whenever you feel the need to because it frees up the mucus in your nasal passages.
works cited page
Works Cited Page
  • "Understanding Colds." Understanding the Common Cold: How Cold Virus Infection Occurs. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.
  • "Adenovirus (Ad14) Infection Symptoms, Treatment, Spread and Prevention of the Killer Cold Virus by MedicineNet.com." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.