McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Does Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick?

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Does being cold actually make you sick? This is a common thing many of us have heard our parents tell us when we’re young but is there actually any truth to this? This video analyzes research to debunk this common myth that many of us have believed for so long.

— Video by Monica Naddafi, Amandeep Singh, Chante Ellis, Aqsa Hanif and Keerelos Tawadros


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