Health Watch -- The Cold Season: Colds and Cold

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It’s winter, the season for cold weather and for colds. We’ll talk about both this week on Health Watch. Your mother probably told you to bundle up so you wouldn’t catch a cold, but is there any actual link between cold weather and colds?

Dr. Jane Siegel, an infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s contact with sick people rather than cold weather that causes you to catch a cold or the flu. The best way to avoid getting sick is to stay away from sick people who are coughing or sneezing. Staying at least three feet away makes you less likely to be exposed to their germs. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, especially after shaking hands with people, coughing or wiping your nose. You can also boost your immune system by getting plenty of rest and eating properly.


January 2007

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