The cold and your health


Wednesday was another chilly day here in the Ohio Valley, and the cold temperatures might have you thinking about what mom used to say: stay inside or you’ll get sick.

But area doctors said that’s actually causing more diseases to spread.

This time of year, colds, the flu and other bugs are spread by cold temperatures keeping people indoors.

Viruses then quickly spread from one person to another.

But officials said there are some steps you can take to remain healthy while stuck inside.

“It’s important, especially since you’re around a lot of people this time of year, lots of hand washing, no eating or drinking after other people. If you have to sneeze or cough, do it in your elbow. Just try to eliminate exposure, using wipes on surfaces to clean things off,” said Dr. Neal Aulick, EmStar Medical Director. 

Aulick said it’s also important to consider your health when shoveling snow.

Make sure to bundle up and take a break. Too much exertion could lead to a heart attack.

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