Winter is right around the corner. This is also the time of year when people tend to catch the bug. Why is this? Why does the common cold increase during winter? What can you do about it to prevent the sniffles as the temperatures gradually drop?
Contrary to popular belief, the cold weather itself is not what makes you sick. Researchers conducted an experiment where they placed a virus on the nose of test subjects. The participants then entered either a warm and dry chamber or a cold and wet one. Both groups became ill at equal rates.
Scientists aren’t sure of the exact cause, though they have theories. One explanation is that people spend more time indoors during winter. The confined space allows viruses to more easily spread from person to person. Continue Reading →