Can you catch a cold from being cold?

This is an argument and joke that has been going on in my extended family for years.

Just wondered what answers I would get here.


Asked by mom2twobabes at 6:42 PM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Health

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  • I think we get sick when our immune system isnt strong and we are exposed to germs or a virus.

    Answer by gemgem at 6:48 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • The cold does NOT cause sickness, but it can make your body more susceptible to getting sick, which is why being sick is very common when it is cold out. The cold may drop your immune response, but you need an infectous agent to actually get you sick.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:09 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • NO you can't get sick from the cold and NO it doesn't make you more susceptible. What makes people sick is a lowered immunity to germs and people not washing their damn hands. If anything, the warmth inside the house makes you sick because everyone that hasn't washed their hands are in the nice cozy warm house where germs are breeding because of the warmth. So both of those are FALSE. and how come when people put down an answer thats not that bright they are Anonymous?

    Answer by calliesmommie at 7:37 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • hmm.. I don't really know but I do think that cold is associated with the "cold" because it makes our noses run... and I can't help but agree with calliesmommie about sitting in warmth and not washing hands- I think we are closed up closer for longer amounts of time in the winter which would help the spread of germies along.


    Answer by LuckyClown at 7:48 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • the common cold is caused by something called the "rhinovirus." it can be passed from person to person but it can also live on common places like door handles. yes, if your immune system is week, you are more succeptable to catching the rhinovirus that causes the cold and/or other viruses.
    no, being cold doesnt cause a cold.
    no, the rhinovirus doesnt cause other viruses. just the common cold.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • I think that being indoors among others who are coughing and sneezing makes a difference. and then those who are coughing and sneezing are also touching the door handles and stuff that we touch. Then we touch our keys and steering wheel. And I wonder about eating food made out of the house, if it could have been exposed to somebody coughing or not even realizing that they have caught a cold or flu. I believe that despite what I read that being uncomfortably cold will help lower resistance and give germs that are already trying to get you a better chance at success. I wash my hands first thing when I get home, but by then I've already touched my handbag, and the doorknobs, and so forth.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:08 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • The rhinovirus survives best in the cold. So you're chances of coming into contact with it are greater, therefore, your chances of catching a cold becomes greater. Of course anyone with a low immune system will have an even higher probability of getting sick, like youngens and the elderly.

    Hand washing is the best way to beat the odds.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:12 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • I grew up with " you will get sick if you go outside without a jacket: or step in a puddle" so its in my head just the idea of being cold I'll get sick, like a hypochondriac. And unfortunately I still get sick, just from the people around me coughing, using the same phones, yuck I have that antibaterial hand cleanser at my desk,

    Answer by Ibelucky1 at 11:15 PM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • It depends if you are out in the fridged temptures often.Yes,being really cold you can get the "Cold,"as it lowers your immune system.Mostly likely you will get the "cold" from a doorknob,being around someone who is infected,etc.

    Answer by Jeffsmom87 at 12:11 AM on Feb. 1, 2009

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  • No you can not catch a cold from being cold, you have to be in contact with the germ. If your run down and out in the cold, most likely you were around someone who was sick, or you touched something they touched. It takes about 5 days to get sick from the time you have been exposed to come down with the cold, so my Dr. told me.

    Answer by MyAngel003 at 9:32 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

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