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The reason why more people get colds during the winter season

The reason why more people get colds during the winter season
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Ever wonder why colds are more common during the winter season? Turns out it all has to do with what enters through your nose.

A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that colds are a lot more common in the winter season due to the fact that the nose is the first point of contact for germs and other contagious viruses.

The reason that people get sick more easily is due to the fact that, “[...] Reducing the temperature inside the nose by just 9 degrees Fahrenheit kills nearly 50% of the billions of virus and bacteria-fighting cells in the nostrils.”

Meaning there is a 50% increase in your odds of catching a cold in the winter, in comparison to the warmer seasons.

So, when they use the term “flu season”, it’s truly due to the fact that catching the flu increases by half… Leaving many of your friends and family sick with the flu for weeks at a time.

The best ways to avoid getting sick? Always make sure to wash your hands, get your flu shots, clean common surfaces, and get your rest as much as possible.

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