The article, “What Causes the Common Cold?”, discusses questions such as, where the common cold comes from, weaknesses associated with it, how it spreads, and, most importantly, how far research has come in finding a vaccine for the common cold. Two researchers, Fred Adler and Jeff Bender, join Ira Flatow in an interview. Adler highlights that there exists six different kinds of colds. The only one that can be told apart from the others is Influenza, because of the severity of the sickness. In Bender’s research, he discovered that most cold symptoms are linked to human interactions with animals. Adler adds on by saying that these viruses are always evolving in our stomachs, and when humans are unable to combat the sickness any further, they start to experience some cold symptoms.
Adler further states that a vaccine for the common cold is very difficult to find because there are so many different viruses. One caller on the show asks, "Why is it called the common cold?" Adler responds by stating that symptoms are more likely to be experienced in the wintertime opposed to other seasons during the year. Also, cells are less productive in combatting these viruses when they are slightly chilled, so the cold weather only weakens the cells further. Adler states that cold viruses are so difficult to study because although they are easier to see with new, advanced technology, scientists can’t seem to find any patterns in their behavior. Additionally, cold vaccines are not critical for humans because colds are not as dangerous as other sicknesses. This leads us to as the question, will the vaccine ever need to be used if it is created? Adler believes that a vaccine for the virus will come in the near future, but he does not see it as a pressing issue for the public.