Can I catch a cold in an environment with circulated air?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if you can catch a cold in an environment with circulated air.

    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: Can I catch a cold in an environment with circulated air?

    Ronald Turner: Well, for most colds, no. For most colds the circulation of the air doesn t have anything to do with it. There are a few colds that are caused by viruses such as Influenza that are transmitted in the air and theoretically, under conditions of recirculation of air, you might be more be susceptible or you might have a great risk of acquiring a cold under those conditions. But for the vast majority of colds it would make no difference.