4 Cold Weather Myths Busted

4 Cold Weather Myths Busted

There are those who love winter and revel in the cold weather. Then there's the rest of us who aren't exactly fans of the season. But the key to winning any battle is knowing thy enemy—and there are many long-held myths about cold weather. We're here to set the record straight. Here are four of the most common cold weather myths.


Myth #1: Going outside with wet hair makes you sick.


Mom was wrong (how many times do you get to say that?). The only way you're catching a cold or flu is through a virus, wet hair or not. So while it doesn't sound exactly appealing to stand outside on a freezing day with soaking wet hair, you'll only get sick if you're exposed to viruses while doing so.


Myth #2: You're more likely to get sick from being outside.


Much like the myth of going outside with wet hair, people identify getting sick with being out in the cold. But the flu and colds actually run rampant in the winter because people are indoors more. They're in closer proximity to each other (think of a tightly packed subway car) and therefore more likely to transmit viruses.


Myth #3: You don't need to wear sunscreen in winter.


Most skiers and snowboarders already know this, but the average person doesn't always think of putting on sunscreen in the winter, especially on snowy, overcast days. But UVA rays penetrate clouds and fog, and snow reflects 80 percent of UV light. So slap on the sunscreen (and plenty of it), no matter what the weather is.


Myth #4: Your sniffling is always because of cold or flu.


During cold and flu season, it's a reasonable assumption that all your sniffling and sneezing is a cold. But, if it's an ongoing problem, stop by your nearest CityMD because allergies could be the culprit. While many people associate allergies with the spring and summer due to the abundance of pollen in the air, the majority of allergies are actually indoor ones resulting from things dust mites, mold, and animal dander.


While you may never embrace the winter with the enthusiasm of cold weather lovers, understanding the truths and falsehoods of the season make it (slightly) more bearable.