VERIFY: Can You Catch A Cold From Wet Hair In Cold Air?

VERIFY: Does Wet Hair Cause Colds?

VERIFY QUESTION

A Good Morning Show viewer asked Meghann Mollerus to VERIFY a claim we always hear this time of year, when the weather gets colder.

"Hey, this is Lorie from Burlington. The question I'd like for you to verify is -- can you really catch a cold if you go outside in the cold hair with a wet head? Thanks."

VERIFY SOURCE

To VERIFY, we talked to Dr. Sloan Manning, the medical director for Novant Health urgent care. 

VERIFY PROCESS

Dr. Manning explained the short answer is no. You need exposure to a virus in order to catch a cold.

That said, you need to protect your skin and core body temperatures in cold weather. If you don't wear a hat, your body loses heat. And, wet hair can make that chilling effect even worse.

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