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what are the causes of the common cold?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Viruses: Common colds are caused by viruses, rhinovirus is the most common.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Common viruses!: Colds are infections, caused by viruses, such as the "rhinovirus." exposure to cold does not give you a cold.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cold: The common cold is caused by a variety of viruses.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Rhinovirus Cold: Upper respiratory viral infections or colds are the most common respiratory viral illnesses causing hundreds of millions of infections per year. They are caused by a variety of viruses the rhinovirus being the most common.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Many viruses: A variety of viruses (rhinoviruses and others). Unfortunately, although you develop immunity to the cold virus you just had, the next circulating virus will be different, so your immunity does you no good.

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