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Healthier Me: Colds & Cold Weather

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In Tuesday's Healthier Me, there's certainly a lot going around this time of year, but is it the cold weather that's to blame for the common cold? Doctors say temperature shifts don't cause illness,

Pediatrician Doctor Judy Theriot says you get colds and the flu because of viruses, and viruses have nothing to do with the weather; they're spread through people: "they cough in your face, you're around them in closed spaces, or you touch infected objects."

So, why does the myth of winter colds persist? Doctor Theriot says it's all because of our environment; we're not outside as much, so we have more chances to spread our illnesses.

Dr. Judy Theriot: "They kind of cycle around the world, and people catch rhinovirus more in the wintertime, but again, it might be from our habits too. So, when your mom told you, 'better wear your hat, or you're going to catch a cold...'"

She shakes her head.

As always, maintaining a thorough handwashing regimen is a great way to prevent illness.

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