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Can you catch a cold from cold weather?

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The only way you get sick is when you come into contact with a virus.

Cold air may irritate a condition you already have, like asthma, which could make your body more receptive to a cold virus. But you still need to come in contact with the virus.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Q&A: Preventing the Flu," "Q&A: Cold Vs. Flu."

William Schaffner, MD, chairman, preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Tracy Wimbush, MD, emergency room specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Douglas, R. , June 2005. Public Library of Science Medicine

News release, Public Library of Science.

University of Pennsylvania Office of Health Education: "Cold and Flu Remedies: Questions and Answers."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold," "Flu."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Q&A: Preventing the Flu," "Q&A: Cold Vs. Flu."

William Schaffner, MD, chairman, preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Tracy Wimbush, MD, emergency room specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Douglas, R. , June 2005. Public Library of Science Medicine

News release, Public Library of Science.

University of Pennsylvania Office of Health Education: "Cold and Flu Remedies: Questions and Answers."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold," "Flu."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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