Can You Catch A Cold From Being Cold?


WE ALL HEARD OUR PARENTS SAY OR WE ACTUALLY SAY TO OUR KIDS, DON’T GO OUTSIDE WITH YOUR HAIR WET. CAN YOU CATCH A COLD FROM THE COLD? GOOD QUESTION. LOOKED FOR ANSWERS FROM PEOPLE NOT WEARING THEIR JACKETS. WHERE ARE YOUR COATS? YEAH, THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. SHORT SLEEVES? OKAY, OUR OFFICE IS RIGHT THERE. OUT KIND OF FEELS PRETTY GOOD COMPARED TO THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. WE’RE JUST PASSING ALONG WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD. DO YOU LET YOUR OWN KIDS GO OUTSIDE WITH WET HAIR AND NO JACKETS. I TELL THEM THEY ARE GOING TO CATCH COLD. WE KNOW THAT COLDS ARE CAUSED BY VIRUS INFECTION. THEY ARE NOT CAUSED BY COLD TEMPERATURE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A VIRUS IN ORDER TO HAVE A COLD. I’VE HAD SUMMER COLDS SO I GUESS THAT ARGUES THAT POINT. BUT THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY THAN THAT. TO GET A COLD YOU HAVE TO HAVE CLOSE FACE TO FACE CONTACT WITH ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL. HEAD OF PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES. AND THOSE INTERACTIONS ARE MORE COMMON IN THE WINTER. I’M RECOVERING FROM ONE NOW. IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE WHY. I KNOW. SO NO, COLD DOESN’T CAUSE COLDS. COLDS ARE VIRUSES AND JACKETS WON’T STOP THEM. BUT THERE’S A TWIST. COULD THE COLD MAKE YOU MORE LIKELY TO CATCH A COLD? I THINK THAT’S POSSIBLE. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME RECENT STUDIES IN MICE. FOUND INFECTING MICE WITH A VIRUS IN COLDER TEMPERATURES. THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET SICK AND THEY MAY BE SICK A LITTLE LONGER. SO WE THINK THE COLDER TEMPERATURE MAY AFFECT THE MICE’S IMMUNE RESPONSE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT IN HUMANS? MAYBE WITH CAUTION. SO MAYBE MOM RASE RIGHT? I NEVER DISAGREE WITH MY MOM. THE DOCTOR TOLD HEATHER COOL TEMPERATURES CAN REALLY AFFECT CERTAIN PEOPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, COLD WEATHER CAN MAKE ASTHMA FIRST.

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