Am I more likely to catch a cold in a certain environment?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if you are more likely to catch a cold in a certain environment.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Am I more likely to catch a cold in a certain environment?

    Ronald Turner: You are most likely to catch a cold if you are around children of colds. So, by far, the most risk associated with the environment is contact with children who have colds. Beyond that, there is probably not a huge risk associated with any particular environment.

    You tend not to catch colds in a work environment simply, unless you are dealing with children, simply because in the adult work environment the types of interaction we have tends not to involve a lot of interpersonal contact and so, that doesn t seems to be a very important place to catch colds.