All your life, Mom said that going outside without a jacket will result in you getting a cold. Well, new research shows that she wasn’t too far off. Rhinoviruses, one of the main types of viruses that give us a sneezy, runny nose, are able to replicate better in cooler temperatures, the study found. This is due, partially, to the fact that our antiviral immune response is diminished when the nose’s temperature is colder than normal. Since your nose isn’t exactly the easiest body part to cover when you go outside (ski mask, anyone?), try getting in the habit of wrapping your scarf around the bottom of your face, at least when you’re going to be outdoors for a long time.
Cold Weather Actually Does Make a Cold Worse