Weather Can Be A Factor In Catching the Flu

January 12, 2017

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Suffering the cold or flu?  Thanks to last weekend's drop in temperatures, more people are feeling miserable.  Come to find out that drop in outdoor temperatures play a big factor in getting sick. Researchers have confirmed that flu outbreaks seem to be activated about one week after the first really cold period with low outdoor temperatures and low humidity. The conditions allow the particles that contain the flu virus and other respiratory tract infections to travel further distances. The study comprised three seasons and 20,000 virus samples taken.  However weather does not seem to impact the rhinovirus, the common cause of cold. Although we cannot completely avoid the cold or flu, flu vaccines can make it more difficult to acquire and coughing and sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands can help you avoid it!

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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