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Does the Cold Air Make You Get the Flu Virus?

Brr...it's cold in here. There must be a flu virus in the atmosphere!

Are you worried that the cold weather to come this winter (or the frigid temperature inside your office) is going to give you the flu? Let our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. put that myth to rest.

Does Cold Weather Make You Sick?

While the cold and flu season does coincide with the time of year when temperatures begin to drop, those illnesses are not the result of the weather.

The flu virus is caused by just that—a virus. So, why is the flu more common in the winter? It's likely because we spend more time indoors, in close quarters with people who have the flu.

Flu Symptoms

  • Aching muscles
  • Chills
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Sweats
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness

Why Is My Immune System Important?

When you hear about your immune system, you probably think about how it keeps you from getting sick. While the immune system is great at keeping infections away, there are times when our immune system can be down and sickness rolls in.

Therefore, especially during cold and flu season, it is important to take steps to boost your immune system by practicing healthy lifestyle habits.

Ways to Boost Immune System

  • Don't smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get enough quality sleep.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Exercise regularly.

Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of the flu? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!

Photo of AFC Bronx Webster owner, Sasha Guillaume

About the Author, Sasha Guillaume, Owner of AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave

Sasha is a native to Port Chester, NY and studied Syracuse University School of Architecture, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science and a minor in Marketing. Sasha has worked as an architect and project manager for smaller firms, and has worked to grow his mother’s local business before transitioning into his new career of managing AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. Sasha on the Board of Directors for the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless. He was also recognized and named to the 2012 Class of 40-Under-40 by the Westchester Business Council. Sasha strives to deliver the best medical care and looks forward to helping his Bronx community grow.

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