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MYTHBUSTERS: Cold Weather Won't Make You Sick

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Keith F. (10)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 3:59 am
Actually, viruses thrive more readily in cold temperatures, with around 4C being the optimum temperature for viral activity for most common cold and influenza strains. In addition cold weather encourages people to move closer together and utilise indoor facilities for longer periods of time, encouraging transmission of airborne infections.

The headline is untrue.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 12:56 pm
Cold weather won't make you sick. Cold weather may increase your chances of contracting a virus. Cold weather, in and of itself, won't make you sick.

So, of course, the headline is true.

Dee C. (23)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 12:58 pm
Thanks Cal..

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 1:22 pm
Well said Keith, also if you are cold enough to lower your body temperature you immune system is not at 100 percent either.
Most people would take "increase you chances of contracting a virus" as something they don't want and that would soon lead to sickness.
Cold weather with no contagions present is rare if not non existent.
The headline is false.
Cold weather won't make you sick but your chances of getting sick increase.
Close enough.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 2:04 pm
Eskimos, Scandinavians, anyone living in a colder climates...they must all have higher rates of illness. If the headline is false, where is the evidence that these people get sick more often?

Sorry Be Kay...the headline, in it's literal meaning, is obviously true.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 20, 2009, 1:18 am
Its true cold weather does not cause disease but if any infection or viruses of any diseases are anywhere around you then it can catch you because in cold weather it spreads quickly just increase the chances of virus to effect you otherwise cold weather is not the reason if you get ill in winter season or any cool place. Speed dating

Bob E. (113)
Friday November 20, 2009, 2:41 am
Viruses cause illnesses not the weather. Chances to get sick increase when you are kept inside in close proximity to others (in the Winter or at school) and when your immune system Is down. Stress and stressors, among other causes, can cause your immune system to be down.

. (1)
Friday November 20, 2009, 4:51 am
Thanks so much! Great Article. What is amazing is many of these old "remedies" and what we have been told has came down through the generations of family "folklore" for years and years. We tend to pass them down from grandmothers, to our parents, then our parents pass them down, and it just continues.

Mandi T. (441)
Saturday November 21, 2009, 7:30 pm
Thought I knew this was true whew!
Tks Cal

Grant Coleman (6)
Monday November 23, 2009, 8:24 am
This article seems somewhat misleading. You may not need eight glasses of water a day, but it helps to stay hydrated, Vitamin C may not cure illnesses, but it does boost the immune system helping your body to fight off disease, and though the cold is not a direct cause of illness, there is a direct coloration between the two.
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