New chemical compound 'stops common cold in its tracks'
The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. Solari said that is important, since the virus uses the enzyme to assemble the protein coat which surrounds the genetic material of the virus. The approach was also found to prevent the replication of other viruses in the same family as rhinovirus – including polio and foot-and-mouth disease. Why can’t we cure the common cold? “Rhinovirus, the common cold virus, in healthy people is pretty trivial – you have the runny nose, you have a bit of a temperature, you don’t feel well for two or three days, but you get over it,” said Solari.