From how you catch it to how you treat it, there’s no shortage of myths surrounding the flu. But one of the most common is that cold weather somehow causes it, meaning those in warm weather climates have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this is anything but true.
Myths Surrounding the Flu
You can only get the flu in the winter.
Though December to March is considered peak flu season, it’s possible to catch the flu during any month of the year.
Cold weather causes the flu.
As with most diseases, the flu is spread when someone with the flu comes in contact with healthy person. It’s possible to spread the influenza virus by coughing or sneezing directly on someone or by sneezing into your hand, for example, then touching someone moments later.
The flu doesn’t affect warm climate areas.
Cold weather doesn’t cause viruses to spread faster, but it does encourage people to stay inside close to one another — that’s the real reason why more people tend to get sick during the winter months. With the holidays coming up, people are in contact with others more often, at crowded malls and cramped holiday parties.
This means that anyone in any climate can catch the flu. Regardless of where you live, it’s possible to catch the flu if you come in contact with someone carrying the disease.
The flu is basically a bad cold.
All too often, we hear people compare the flu to the common cold, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. The flu is a serious viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. Especially if caught by children, the elderly, or pregnant women, the flu can cause long-term damage and even be fatal in some cases.
If you suspect you’re coming down with the flu, dial 9-1-1 immediately and request an ambulance. For more information, please call the main hospital line at 626-898-8000.