Doctors: How to Stay Healthy in the Freezing Cold
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 21, 2013 @ 10:04PM
Created on January 21, 2013 @ 6:25PM
Chief Meteorologist Ken Meehan and the rest of the 5 News weather team have been alerting you to the frigid temperatures that are heading our way starting late Monday. They aren't the only ones trying to take this time to warn you about the dangers of this weather. Doctors also want you to be aware of your surroundings and notice how your body is reacting.
You don't have to worry just about feeling cold but actually about medical conditions too when it's frigid outside. Hypothermia and frost bite become real threats when we're in single digit temperatures. Hypothermia occurs when your body begins to lose heat faster than normal. The reason young children and the elderly are at risk is because they don't have as much body fat and we may not notice them shivering.
When you step outside, it will be important to have layers upon layers on. Of course scarves, gloves and hats should also be a part of your wardrobe for the next few days.
"There's always that myth that the cold weather lowers your immune system or makes the influenza virus more prone to infect somebody well the main reason is that it brings people together. So, they can share their body temperatures, which can be nice but they also share their germs," said UHC Family Medicine Dr. Zachary Henry.
Use basic hygiene skills and make sure you're coughing or sneezing on your arm or sleeve instead of your hands. Also, make sure you wash your hands frequently.
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