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Cold Remains Common Despite Body's Memory

August 25, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The human body's system has a memory that won't quit.

Each time a person suffers a common cold, for example, the person acquires a limited immunity, which enables the body to immediately recognize that particular virus as an enemy should the virus show up again.

Unfortunately, there are many other cold-producing viral strains to which the body does not develop immunity. This explains why the cold is common.

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