Seasons of Sick

Seasons of Sick

Now that the season of political figures, zombies, and Stranger Things costumes are behind us, we are now flying toward something truly scary — cold and flu season. We’ve all been there.  Running around in the cold weather wearing a new bomber jacket that isn’t quite warm enough, but you look fresh to death so it doesn't matter. Suddenly, your mom pops in your head and says, “you’re going to catch a cold in this weather” and sure enough, like clockwork, two days later you feel like

While wishing you had cherished the freedom associated with an unclogged nose, you think, “Why the heck does this even happen?”

Getting a case of the suds seems to happen a lot more as the seasons change, but why? First, the thing about our enemy, the virus, is they love when the weather gets cold. Their outer protection layer goes from being gelatinous to a more rigid shield that is harder to break down. Also, as the humidity drops in the autumn and winter air, not only do viruses travel more easily, but your nose produces less mucous, allowing a herd of viruses to get into your body with out a mucous shield to stop them. 

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Likewise, as we flee indoors to warm up with some hot cocoa and a few trillion blankies, we come into contact with more chocolate and fleece aficionados who are sick than we would if we were frolicking outside. 

Looks like your mom was half right. If in fact you were able to not have viruses around, the weather would have no impact on your health, but alas we do not live in that world. So until the approximately 329,760 minutes before the sweet release of summer, grab a flu shot, some ‘just in case’ NyQuil, and these remedies to help you battle those viruses like a 2016 champ. 

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