January 19, 2016
A mercifully tame flu season so far can be attributed to the unseasonably warm weather — but not for the reasons you might think.
“The cold doesn’t really lower our resistance. It changes our behaviors,” said Gary Munk, Ph.D., director of clinical virology at Hackensack University Medical Center.
You’ve heard it a thousand times, each winter. “Come inside before you catch your death of cold!” Well, news flash: “It’s a wives’ tale,” says Munk. “If it’s warm, the windows are open and you’re not all indoors on top of each other. But when it gets cold, we go indoors, into closed quarters, and we shut the windows. When we’re all inside together, huddling up, there is a bigger chance of someone introducing influenza into our community.”