Upon arrival at low temperature in Mexico the classic familiar warning, heard for years, emerges: “Wear a sweater, you’ll get sick.” However, this popular phrase is true a myth rooted in Mexican culture.
The relationship between cold and respiratory diseases It’s more complicated than you think. Therefore, according to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), there is Other factors to consider before blaming the weather for the winter season.
The cold won’t hurt you
During the November to January when the temperature drops, too Cases of respiratory diseases are increasing with time.
Contrary to popular belief, low temperatures, rain or dry air They are not able to cause diseases themselves. However, they make conditions for infections to occur.
Cold weather can promote rapid reproduction of viruses and bacteria is in the air. Although some studies suggest that the immune cells become weak at low temperatures, viruses and bacteria those directly responsible for diseases, not climatic conditions.
Reasons why cold does not cause diseases
Here are some reasons where cold is not directly responsible for diseases:
- During the winter, people tend to closer to each other in limited spaces, leading to a increasing the number of infections.
- Lack of hygiene, in addition to a weak immune system, plays an important role.
- Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, and chronic medical conditions can all take a toll immune system effectiveness.
- Exposure to environmental pollutants, such as dog CAN affect respiratory health.
Remember that respiratory infections can occur at any time of the year, not just during the winter. COLD does not cause diseases, but it creates conditions that favor the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Adopting hygiene practices, maintaining a strong immune system through healthy eating and vaccination are the most effective measures to prevent diseases winter time.