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This review is transcluded from Talk:Common cold/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: MathewTownsend (talk · contribs) 21:28, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Comments
  • "While a cough and a fever indicate a higher likelihood of influenza in adults, there is a great deal of similarity between these two conditions" - different viruses? (Maybe could say a little more about the difference?)
  • "it may also be related to changes in the respiratory system that results in greater susceptibility" - can this be explained more?
  • "This is believed to be due primarily to increased time spent indoors,..." - is there a way of getting rid of the passive voice? (There are other examples also.)
  • Herd immunity - Doesn't this apply to the prevalence of vaccinations? is there a vaccination for the cold?
No, it does not apply only to vaccine-derived immunity, but naturally acquired immunity too. (See; Fine P, Eames K, Heymann DL (2011). ""Herd immunity": a rough guide". Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 52 (7): 911–6. doi:10.1093/cid/cir007. PMID 21427399.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help) ). Graham Colm (talk) 21:41, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps the text in the link Herd immunity is misleading? It's under the general category of "Cause", so the impression is that people herded together cause the spread of the cold virus, when the opposite is meant if the link is actually read.— Preceding
I am not sure if my clarification helped.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:59, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

::::Perhaps the text in the link Herd immunity is misleading? It's under the general category of "Cause", so the impression is that people herded together cause the spread of the cold virus, when the opposite is meant if the link is actually read. Fixed I see.

  • Yes it did. We got caught in an edit conflict.
  • "regarding BTA-798" - what is BTA-798? - could "regarding" be changed to "to"?

MathewTownsend (talk) 21:28, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

GA review-see WP:WIAGA for criteria (and here for what they are not)

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  • A very informative and helpful article. (Even though I don't get colds, everyone around me does!) Good work! Congratulations! MathewTownsend (talk) 23:03, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

The article says "The primary method of prevention is by hand washing". I don't know if this means I can prevent other people catching my cold if I wash my hands, or if it means other people can stop themselves catching my cold if they wash their hands, or if it means I can prevent myself catching other people's colds if I wash my hands. Or does it mean I can prevent the symptoms getting very bad, after I catch a cold, by washing my hands?86.131.54.100 (talk) 22:12, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Zinc study (cite # 55) is officially WITHDRAWN[edit]

Hi! Complete wiki noob here, I'm terribly sorry if the formatting is weird.

I noticed that you make the following two statements in the article:

  • "Zinc supplements may help to reduce the prevalence of colds."
  • "Zinc has been used to treat symptoms, with studies suggesting that zinc, if taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in otherwise healthy people."

Both of the above statements are backed up in the article with a reference to the following study:

  • Singh M, Das RR (February 2011). Singh M, ed. "Zinc for the common cold". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2): CD001364. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001364 PMID 21328251.

That very study, however, has since been retracted. Indeed, pressing its very own PMID link (seen above in the cite) provides clear notice of this fact.

Retraction Watch offers the full story. The original withdrawal statement can be read here.

Sorry again if my formatting is odd. "It's my first day" - Homer Simpson.

Thanks in advance! Great moves Wikipedia, keep it up, proud of ya :) 155.4.130.19 (talk) 12:28, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

@155.4.130.19:Thanks for posting here and for noticing this error! I put a message on the WikiProject Medicine talk page, alerting the community about your message. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine
Great first post. Hope to see you again soon on wikipedia! JenOttawa (talk) 13:07, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
After reading the explanation of the withdrawal, I am reluctant to have any of those Cochrane reviews (Singh & Das) cited at all in Wikipedia. The 2011 review is still being cited. (There is also a different review by Singh being cited.) Axl ¤ [Talk] 12:38, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
I have added the CMAJ review as a reference. There is also this paper, but it cites the Cochrane review as the source of its conclusions. Axl ¤ [Talk] 12:53, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks and removed

"Zinc has been used to treat symptoms, with studies suggesting that zinc, if taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in otherwise healthy people.[1]"

The are requesting sources based on it also be retracted[1] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:46, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

We have a different meta analysis which comes to similar conclusions though[2] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:49, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Also: just wanted to alert you guys to the fact that the same retracted study is being cited here as well. All the best, 155.4.128.183 (talk) 10:51, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Updated. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:54, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

reference numbering out of whack[edit]

Maybe someone who knows how to fix the out-of-sequence reference citations could fix it. JuanTamad (talk) 03:03, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

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