Humans have been plagued by disease throughout history and just about everyone
has experienced the common cold at some point in time. During your life you will
probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Humans have an amazing
immune system that helps them fight foreign invaders, but sometimes the way your
body fights these invaders causes unpleasant side effects that are often treated
with over-the-counter medications.
You can learn more about the common cold at the following resource:
During the week address the following questions:
- What is the common cold?
- Should antibiotics be taken to treat a cold? Why, or why not?
- Why do humans not build immunity to the common cold?
- Would it be reasonable to expect that science will develop an immunization
for the common cold in your lifetime? Why, or why not?
- You all have your own strategies for preventing or recovering from a cold.
Please share your favorite strategy for fighting the common cold. Find and
cite a source (reputable if possible) that either supports or disputes your
- Later in the week, compare your cold fighting strategy to some described by
- Can you draw a relationship between the different strategies?
- Do they have any commonalities?
- How do they differ?
Be sure to review the Discussion Board Grading Rubric provided in the Course
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Use this reference when referring to your text:
Trefil, J., & Hazen, R.M. (2013).
The sciences: An integrated
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.