Member-supported news for Southern California
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Support for KPCC comes from:

Does cold weather really make catching a cold more likely?

Ways to Subscribe
Brooklyn Hill, 3, gets help from 10-year-old Thalia Epps on as they skated in Ann Arbor, Mich. on December 30, 2014.

It’s that time of the year when you're likely to hear "Put your coat on! You'll catch a cold!" But we all know that cold weather doesn’t actually cause colds, right?

Winter is the time of year when parents and grandparents join in variations on this common refrain: "Put your coat coat on! You're going to catch cold!"

But we all know that cold weather doesn't actually cause colds.

Or does it?

New research into the cold virus and how our immune systems work at cooler temperatures finds that moms and dads may be right.

Dr. Ellen Foxman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Medicine, joined Take Two to explain the findings of the new Yale-led study:

Catching a cold from Ellen Foxman on Vimeo.

Stay Connected