People who find themselves in the rather unfortunate situation of having to deal with a bout of the summer flu often resort to questioning just how on earth they managed to pick up what is an illness normally associated with the colder winter months. Yes, the summer flu is really not nice to have to endure, but this in itself should raise questions of whether or not the cold weather does indeed cause colds and flu.

Cold and flu viruses are actually always around, so running around with a wet head of hair doesn’t necessarily cause colds, but the cold does aggravate cold and flu symptoms like getting the sniffles, sneezing, coughing etc. Bacterial infections are often opportunistic as well, taking advantage of immune systems which have been weakened by the process of trying to fight off the cold and flu viruses, so staying healthy and beating common illnesses is in fact all about avoiding contact with the germs that cause those illnesses. At the domestic level, it all comes down to keeping your living environment clean.

I’m not suggesting that you maintain a kitchen design that looks overly clinical, with your kitchen and other interior spaces reeking of disinfectant – no. Keeping your living environment clean simply means you make sure it’s free of any germ-breeding messes and the like, so you wouldn’t leave a rotting piece of meat lying around for instance, in the same way that you wouldn’t let your dirty dishes pile up with some uneaten food on them. Your living environment still needs to feel like it’s your home, but just keep it clean.

Keeping your living environment clean also takes the form of ensuring there’s enough air circulating through it. Illness-causing viruses linger quite comfortably in confined spaces, while bacteria simply love to breed in spaces which give them ample opportunity to multiply and spread. The more air you have flowing through any interior space, the less illness-causing germs that interior space has in relation to the air and space volume.

To put it a bit more directly, you don’t get sick in winter because you briefly exposed yourself to the bitterly cold weather outside. What makes you sick is coming into contact with illness-causing germs as a result of perhaps spending too much time in a closed-up space, like a classroom with all the windows closed, an office, etc. That’s perhaps then why it’s even more important to get some air circulation going during the colder winter months, otherwise just keeping your living environment clean will go a long way in helping you fight off diseases and staying healthy.

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