Research suggests the common cold ‘prefers cold noses’

9 January 2015

Researchers based in the United States have found that the common cold virus thrives in cold noses.

The team at Yale University tested Rhinoviruses – one of the main groups of cold virus – at a nose temperature of 33 degrees Celsius and a normal body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. The research suggests that the immune system becomes weaker in cold noses and gives the virus more opportunities to replicate.

The researchers have suggested keeping your nose as warm as possible and avoiding cold air whilst infected.

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