Cold Weather Actually Causes Colds

Every time the weather gets cooler, a common question that I receive is this, "Does cold weather cause colds?" In the past, I have always said, No. However, there has been some new research by Yale University scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Reuters, NBC). 

There were two interesting findings from this research. First, the common cold virus replicates quicker in colder air that is surrounded by warmer air, like in the nose. Secondly, in cooler temperatures, this can lower the immune system, and increase your chance to catch a cold. Now, this research was done in mice. So, it can be difficult to make the leap to humans. Yet, it's still interesting research.

I was interviewed by WKBN television in Youngstown, Ohio on January 14, 2016 and asked the question, "Can The Cold Give You A Cold?" I encourage you to read their report at this link, and to check out my TV interview below and at this link. Enjoy!