Friday, January 17 2014, 10:34 PM MST
Good Question: Why do Cold Temps Make People Catch Colds?
(KUTV) It is the busy season for pharmacists. It's cold outside and people are sick. But why do cold temps result in people having colds?
Dr. Eric Smart with Alta View Hospital says, in fact, the temps themselves have nothing to do with a person getting sick.
"I don't think it's the temperature, per say," he said. "It's just what the cold weather does to us, causing us to stay indoors more."
When it's cold outside people retreat inside and all that human contact makes it easy for the bugs to hop from one person to the next. Smart says the best way to stop the spread is to get vaccinated each and every year.
Every year, the cold and flu vaccine changes because the virus that makes us sick changes. Smart says that right now doctors in the southern hemisphere where it's summer are watching the United States closely. Doctors down south are trying to come up with the right cocktail for their next flu shot. Likewise, this summer in the northern hemisphere we'll be watching what viruses attack the southern hemisphere's cold season to craft our next vaccine.
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcast Group)