GREENSBORO, N.C. - What a roller-coaster ride we’ve had with the weather this week! Old wise tales say these ups and downs in the temperature make you more likely to catch a cold. That’s false.

You are more likely to feel sick, with aches and pains, but multiple research studies show that’s not a cold you’re feeling, but the change in atmospheric pressure making your joints and sinuses hurt.

Okay what about once we hit winter for good – some say you’re more likely to get a cold when it stays cold outside? We can verify that’s true. But don’t just trust us. Read what Robert Hawkins says – a doctor of internal medicine.

“There are a number of studies that show when the weather is cold and dry that we may get more respiratory infections including colds,” he said.

There are two reasons behind this. First germs that cause you to get the cold – live longer in cooler temperatures – that means there are more germs on door handles, shopping carts and gas nozzles. Second the cold impacts the barriers your body puts up to infections. The linings in your nose and mouth.

“When it because cold and dry the cells shrink, you may open up gaps between those cells and you may be able to get more viruses and germs through those barriers,” Hawkins said.

You can fight against that by following mom Sarah Duke’s example.

“I try to keep them in sweaters and jackets. You know at least as long as we can,” she said while holding her struggling toddler.

Dr. Hawkins adds that you should wash your hands often and if you must cough or sneeze, dab by putting your head in your bicep. In other words, pull a Cam to keep from passing on the cold to others!

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