Contrary to popular belief, you cannot catch a cold virus from being cold. While cold and flu symptoms most commonly appear during the winter months, the truth is that this is not the result of being out in the cold.
According to the American Lung Association®, these infections prevail because it’s the time of year when viruses usually spread across the country. Infections spread when more people stay indoors and are in closer contact with each other—including each other’s germs.
To best avoid catching a cold and flu, limit your time spent with sniffling friends. Also, wash your hands frequently, especially before you eat and after you use the restroom. Also, because cold air can still give you a chill, don’t forget to bundle up before venturing out.