Why Do Viruses Get Worse in the Winter?

It’s no coincidence that more people get sick during the winter months. Every year, the flu and other viruses reach their peak between December and February, according to the CDC.

But why does this happen? Read on for some helpful answers from our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team.

Why Do Viral Infections Become More Common in the Winter?

The cold temperature is one of the most common explanations for the increase in viral illnesses. While cold weather does not increase the quantity of viruses, it does make it more difficult for our bodies to fight them. Cold weather limits our ability to remove mucus from our noses, allowing a virus to enter the body.

Viruses are more likely to cause harm in the winter for several reasons, which we’ve outlined here.

Other Reasons for Increased Winter Viral Activity

What Can I Do During the Winter to Stay Healthy?

There are several things you can do to be healthy this winter, but the best defense is vaccination. The flu and COVID-19 are the two illnesses that are now posing the greatest threat to our health, and vaccines are available for both to lower your chances of getting them, as well as your chances of being seriously unwell if you do.

Below are some additional ways to improve your chances of staying healthy.

Other Ways to Stay Healthy This Winter

  • Put on a mask. Masks are a simple way to protect yourself and others from the virus by preventing respiratory droplets from spreading.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Frequent handwashing helps protect against a variety of illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are less likely to enter your body if you keep your hands away from your face.
  • Avoid those who are sick.

We wish you and your loved ones a healthy winter season! If any member of the family becomes ill, please visit our AFC center to receive the appropriate treatment.