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Does being cold make you sick?

5:34 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - It was a frigid start to the work week with wind chill readings Monday morning between -20 to -30. With temperatures that low it's almost like living in a deep freezer. But, is it cold enough to cause you to catch a cold?

"It's an old myth that if you go outside, especially with wet hair in the cold or without a hat, you'll catch your death of a cold," said 9Health Reporter Dr. John Torres.

However, Dr. John does say prolonged exposure to the cold can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds. He says at this time of the year, it's actually what's happening inside that makes you more likely to get sick.

"In the winter months, we typically go indoors. That means more people are inside. The viruses themselves, especially the flu virus, tend to be more active in cold weather," said Dr. John.

Dr. John says it's not too late to get your flu shot. For extra protection, make sure you're eating well and drinking lots of fluids.

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