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I gotta tell you, as a meteorologist, I get a little bothered when people get sick and blame it on the weather! I know, I know….growing up our parents taught us that if you play in the snow and cold weather without a coat or scarf you will catch the flu. Well it turns out the weather has very little to do with how we catch diseases.
The weather is typically warmer here in the Southeast, but this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports of influenza-like illness are greater in the southeast. Mississippi with the highest reports. Even though Mississippi had an average temperature of 53.3 degrees this month, it is the only state in the country with a flu-like activity level of "high." Louisiana and Alabama are right behind it with moderate activity levels. Most other states, with colder climates, have had lower levels.
The flu season tends to start in October and last through April, mostly coinciding with the school year rather than the temperature. Studies have shown that the flu spreads mostly from school-age children, who often have poorer hygiene and catch the virus because they are in close contact with one another. Then, they pass it along to adults
Weather becomes a contributing factor mostly because it forces children indoors, where they mix together and spread germs. Scarves, hats and gloves are useless if you come in contact with someone with the flu and either breath in their virus or touch a surface with the virus and touch your mouth.
You can tell your mom it's OK for you to go outside with no hat on, but say it nicely. Weather can perhaps make people more susceptible, but it can't give them the virus.