A 21-year-old member asked:
Can cold wether can cause cold (flu)?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Old wives tale: The idea that the cold temperatures cause a cold is not true. Colds and the flu are caused by viruses.
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
No: Cold weather may increase your chances of contracting the flu. Cold air may drive people to stay indoors and thus increasing your chance of coming into contact with the virus. Also, cold air may lowe your body temperature thus weakening your immune system. Cold air may also "stun" your airways and make one more succeptable to influenza.
6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Nov 20, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.