Is there a time of the year that I’m more likely to catch a cold?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains a time of the year that you’re most likely to catch a cold.

    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: Is there a time of year that I am more likely to catch a cold?

    Ronald Turner: Yes, the common cold occur year around but there are peaks of incidents that occur in the fall and then again in the spring. So, usually right after the time when children go back to school and the weather starts to cool down in September in the United States, if there is a peak of common cold illness and that peak usually lasts through September and October. It then tends to get a little less through the winter time months although, some of the other viral pathogens that cause colds can cause some of these illnesses during the winter and then there is another peak usually, in April or May, again in the United States.