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Lisa Kaplan Gordon    September 29, 2015

For me, the first sign of autumn isn’t falling leaves; it’s a miserable head cold that  turns into a sinus infection that ruins the first days of crisp, cool air. It turns out I’m not alone. Seasonal sniffles are a real thing.

Does Cold Give You a Cold?

Actually, a virus gives you a cold, not outside temperature. But dropping temperatures do force you inside more, and that’s where you’re most likely to come in contact with sneezing people spreading the cold virus. In fact, the warmer the temperature, the less likely you we are to catch colds, which could lead to bronchitis and pneumonia.

“For each one degree increase in temperature, there is a two percent decline in deaths from both influenza and pneumonia,” Dr. Michael Cirgliano told Philadelphia magazine.

When temperatures drop:

  • The body’s natural defense mechanisms start to sputter. Cold…

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