Nobody Asked

Could We Eradicate the Common Cold?

Episode Summary

Every. single. year. most of us end up getting a cold once unless you’re lucky or live in a hazmat suit. Earth has over 7.6 billion people, and I don’t think a single human enjoys having a cold.

Episode Notes

In the future, could we live on Earth without having to worry about catching a cold? In theory, yes, we could, but there is a catch.

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Sources that made this episode possible:

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