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“Catching a cold”

by Greg Krehbiel on 5 February 2013

I’m a little sick, and yesterday on the walk from the office to the Metro I was almost shivering — despite a jacket, overcoat, scarf and hat. I rarely get cold like that. My ears and toes get cold, but it has to be pretty cold before my body gets cold.

I can understand why people think of cold as a thing that you can catch. It certainly feels that way. It’s as if “cold” is this entity out there in the world that sneaks its way into your body.

-- 2013-02-05  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 2

  1. pentamom pentamom
    5 February 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Well, “a” cold (more accurately described as a rhinovirus) IS something you can catch, right?

    I guess calling the illness a “cold” is what’s funny, though. It feels like it gets you because you’re cold. Although in fairness, you get them more when it’s cold, and you frequently feel cold when you have it.

    I still remain doubtful that the whole “you can’t get a cold from getting chilled” thing is the last word on the subject, never to be refuted. It’s just not plausible to me that depressing your physical function by diverting extra energy to staying warm has NO short-term effect on your immunity.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    5 February 2013 @ 2:07 pm

    Pentamom, I share your suspicion that the “you can’t catch a cold from being cold” thing is not the last word.