Is Weather The Reason I Have The Flu?

Each year millions around the globe deal with severe cases of the flu. So is weather to blame? Is weather a cause of you catching the flu? Does weather influence how flu spreads around the globe each year? Let’s dive into the issue and try to get to the bottom of the flu/weather connection.

Some useful links related to this episode:

  • Flu is spreading fast this year, with a severe season possible
    • https://www.nbcnews.com/health/cold-and-flu/flu-spreading-fast-year-severe-season-possible-n825911
  • Environmental Predictors of Seasonal Influenza Epidemics across Temperate and Tropical Climates
    • http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1003194
  • The Impact of Weather on Influenza and Pneumonia Mortality in New York City, 1975–2002: A Retrospective Study
    • http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0034091
  • Quantifying the role of weather on seasonal influenza
    • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4881007/
  • The Role of Temperature and Humidity on Seasonal Influenza in Tropical Areas: Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, 2008–2013
    • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4067338/
  • Study: Flu likes weather cold and dry or humid and rainy
    • http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/03/study-flu-likes-weather-cold-and-dry-or-humid-and-rainy
  • FYI: Why Is There A Winter Flu Season?
    • https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/fyi-why-winter-flu-season
  • The Reason for the Season: why flu strikes in winter
    • http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/
  • In the coldest village on Earth, eyelashes freeze, dinner is frozen and temperatures sink to -88F
    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/16/in-the-coldest-village-on-earth-eyelashes-freeze-dinner-is-frozen-and-temperatures-sink-to-88f/
  • Iguanas are falling out of trees in Florida because it’s so cold. Please don’t pick them up.
    • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2018/01/04/iguanas-are-falling-out-of-trees-in-florida-because-its-so-cold-please-dont-pick-them-up/
  • The Smell Of Rain
    • http://www.whatisitabouttheweather.com/2016/06/17/the-smell-of-rain/

And now for the episode …

 

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