Feeling under the weather?
Do you really get sick from cold weather?
- Cold weather is CORRELATED to illness
- Nasal passages will be drier and susceptible to infection
- Tendency for people to cluster indoors can spread pathogens
Not Scientifically Proven
- A study by scientists was carried out by placing cold viruses directly in the nasal cavity of participants and either exposing them to cold weather conditions or not. No correlation was concluded between cold exposure and susceptibility to cold viruses.
- People tend to cluster together in close proximity to one another in colder conditions, allowing viruses and germs to spread quicker.
- Colder weather conditions cause mucosa (lining on sinuses, throat, and trachea) to dry up, causing a breeding ground for viruses.
- Come intact with rhinovirus to get cold
- Come intact with influenza virus to get the flu
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