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BLOG: Does cold weather make you sick?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Many people think cold weather makes you sick.

The weather gets blamed for many things but I’m here to set the record straight. GERMS make you sick!

However, the weather can make you more likely to get sick.

Here’s how it works. It’s really the humidity more than the temperature that makes it easier for germs to get passed around. The flu germ floats around on tiny water droplets. When it’s humid, the droplets stick together, get too heavy and fall to the ground. When it’s really dry, the virus can stay up a little longer, travel a little farther and have a better chance of reaching another person.

The virus that causes colds doesn’t necessarily go farther in dry air but if you’re cooped up in a room with more people and without fresh air, it may not have to travel that far to infect you. Did you know a sneeze can travel six feet? How many people are within six feet of you right now?

Cold air can hold less moisture than warm air. So think about when that dry air is brought inside… and heated. That makes it the indoor air’s relative humidity even lower. It’s holding WAY less moisture that it can potentially hold. That can dry out the mucus in your respiratory system.

That may sound like a good thing (who likes mucus?) but mucus helps filter out germs. If it can’t do its job, the germs have a better chance of getting you sick.

Here’s the good news! You aren’t doomed to sickness! Get a flu shot. Wash your hands. Also try not to touch your face if possible. No need to let any extra germs in!

Here’s to a healthy 2016!

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