a few colds are like mice, timid and tense; others like dragons, followed by means of physique aches and deep distress. In AH-CHOO!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, precisely, a chilly is, the way it works, and even if it truly is quite attainable to "fight one off." Scientists name this the Golden Age of the typical chilly simply because americans endure as much as 1000000000 colds every year, leading to forty million days of neglected paintings and faculty and a hundred million medical professional visits. they have additionally realized during the last decade even more approximately what chilly viruses are, what they do to the human physique, and the way indicators could be addressed. during this ode to the odious chilly, Ackerman sifts throughout the chatter approximately treatments-what works, what does not, and what cannot damage. She dispels myths, reminiscent of susceptibility to colds displays a weakened immune approach. and she or he tracks present examine, together with paintings on the college of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned heart of chilly study stories, the place the hunt for a treatment continues.