Why do we tend to be more susceptible to the common cold/flu during the Winter season?
Why do we tend to be more susceptible to the common cold/flu during the Winter as opposed during the Summer season?
Please justify your answer (with all the possibilities to explain the nature of it) as there may not be a definitive answer to this question.
NO! Immunity DOES NOT play the main in contracting the flu. However, people who ALREADY HAVE HAD weak immune response or HAVE BEEN immunocompromised due to other illness, such as AIDS, they will have a greater chance to come down with a seasonal flu or any kind of flu for that matter. BUT, if you say by a natural weak immune response in senior citizens due to their old ages & the unfully developed immunities with children that lead to the susceptibility of being infected with cold/flu viruses, then it's NOT correct! Theoretically, the natures (cold T, low humidity) of the cold/flu infections has been consistent with the cases that were studied; however, if that's how we think that the cold & flu are MORE SUSCEPTIBLE during the winter due the fact of low T & low humidity, then how do we explain about those people who live in the areas where there are low T & low humidity ALL YEAR LONG, such as in Russia, Alaska, does that mean they get the cold/flu ALL THE TIME?
The answer is NO....So in a way, the data, the study cases are somewhat consistent to their natures (incubation period); however in other cases like in Russia, Alaska, then it would disprove of what we have been studied so far. So yes, the cold/flu viruses tend to grow at their best @ low T & low humidity; however, it's still inconclusive about its nature of infection during the winter season. My hypothesis is that it might have something to do with the "FLUCTUATION IN TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY", shifting from the summer (hot & humid) to winter (cold & less humid). But their natures are still poorly understood.
There are many viruses that cause A COLD simultaneously.
There are many viruses that cause A FLU simultaneously.
So it's NOT just like 1 virus cause a cold or a flu.
"scientists are not completely sure why the flu season seems to occur in late fall/winter. " <===== GOOD!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Believe it or not, scientists are not completely sure why the flu season seems to occur in late fall/winter. However, most theories center around the hypothesis that winter weather (typically colder and wetter) drives people indoors. The flu is passed through aerosol droplets when people cough or sneeze, and the higher the density of people indoors the greater your chance of becoming infected. The late fall/winter is also the time of year that kids head back to school, so we see an increase in the spread of communicable diseases.
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