mike d. asks:
Dear Shaun McQuaid,
Why the heck is there a cold season? This doesnâ€™t make sense to me.
The only two things that I could think that might cause it are
1) cold weather. in which caseâ€¦ does Mexico or Mediterranian countries have cold seasons?
2) kids go back to school. in which caseâ€¦ why doesnâ€™t cold season last until June? It canâ€™t be because we grow more immune, because if were were more immune then there wouldnâ€™t be another cold season the next year.
Shaun McQuaidâ€¦ Iâ€™m lost and confused! Please help!
sick of being sick,
There have been a number of studies done, trying to show a correlation between the cold weather of winter and an increase in illnesses. The results have been conflicting; some show a massive correlation, some show none at all. But you can’t throw out decades of experience – there has to be SOMETHING.
The answer I believe makes the most sense is this:
In the winter season, regardless of whether you live in sunny California or wicked cold New England, the air tends to be drier. Dry air will dry out your sinuses and your nasal passages. And dry nasal passages and sinuses are less able to filter out the germs.
Hence, a twofold effect: When you breathe in the germs, they are more likely to infect you. And when you sneeze or breathe out, you are more likely to infect others. It’s a sort of positive feedback loop.
Thus, a cold season.