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Cold and Flu
Are people with multiple sclerosis less likely to get colds and flus?
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Asked in Cold and Flu
Why is the sickness a cold called a cold?
In ancient times, most people caught colds in winter when it was cold, hence the name. They thought colds were caused by the cold weather. Numerous scientific studies have proven that being cold does not cause people to catch colds or make them more susceptible. The reason people caught more colds in winter was simply because they collected together for warmth and their close proximity increased the spread of the cold from one person to the next.
Asked in Cold and Flu, Infectious Diseases
What can you do to prevent common colds?
Asked in Health
Are you more likely to get colds in a cold country?
Not really. Cold weather does not cause the viral infections we call the common cold. Only exposure to the virus germ that causes colds will give you the cold, not temperature changes. The only link between being in a cold country and catching colds is likely that you are indoors and more crowded to stay warm in cold countries, and that makes the chances higher that you will catch the virus from someone else in the room who has caught a cold.
Asked in Allergies
Can pollen affect you if you are not allergic to it?