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Friday, February 18, 2011

Cold Weather doesn't Cause the Cold Virus

Cold weather doesn’t necessarily cause us to get the cold says an article from CNN. This article separates fictitious rumors from accurate facts.

CNN tells us that the cold virus comes from contact. Certain things to look out for are sneezing, coughing, or if someone does those and then touches a doorknob that you in turn touch.

"You really have to actually catch the virus through a droplet from a person who's infected with the virus," said Dr. Sharon Bergquist, internal medicine specialist at the Emory University School of Medicine.

The reason the weather is a hazard is because it travels further. The lack of moisture in the air allows the droplets to stay in the air for a longer period of time compared to when it’s warmer outside.

We tend to spend more time indoors when it’s cold outside causing closer proximity to others who are sick, says the article.

Preventing infection from the cold can be as easy as washing your hands. If you have the cold cough into your elbow and wash your hands more frequently. Sleep is also a major factor in the cold virus says the article; you should get seven hours or more.

Chanelle Jepson

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