Asked in Cold and FluSwine Flu (H1N1/09)Viruses (biological)
Is a cold virus an active virus or a hidden virus?
January 08, 2013 6:17PM
Active. It will go directly to find a host cell and begin the steps of the lytic cycle to cause the host's cell to replicate the virus (see the related questions for more about the lytic cycle). It does not stay "dormant" inside you to manifest symptoms later. An infection will produce symptoms right away if you are infected. Then, once new viruses are made in the host cell, they will burst out and infect more cells and potentially more people.