One of the worst colds you can have is during the summer. Why? Because it’s the time when most of us are out, enjoying the weather, traveling with family, etc. But, the main tool that is used to cool you off, air conditioning, could be making you sick. Here’s a few illnesses that it may cause:
As with colds and other respiratory ailments contracted in the wintertime, cold air itself is not the culprit — viruses are, said Dr. Ujwala Kaza, an allergist and immunologist at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Still, researchers at Cardiff University in Wales say it’s possible air-conditioners may contribute in some small way to respiratory infection. They extract moisture from the air, which can dry out the protective mucus that lines the nostrils, allowing viruses a better chance to become established in the nose.
Common Colds In Office Buildings
Ever wonder why colds seem to never go away at work? There have been multiple studies including one done in 2004, 2008 and 2012 that compared adult women and found that those who worked in offices with central air-conditioning had higher rates of absence due to sickness and more visits to ear, nose and throat doctors than those without it.
Occupants of office buildings with air conditioning (AC) systems (e.g. central ventilation with cooling of air) consistently report, on average, more symptoms in their buildings than do occupants of buildings with natural ventilation. This has been…