Do we get sick when we get wet in rain while nothing happens when we stand in the shower?

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    Related: Does being cold increase your chances of catching the common cold?
    – Suma
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 12:34
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    We are not a medicine site and we can't answer "why", but we can tell you whether it's true at all through examination of the evidence. I've edited your question to make it on-topic.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 12:36
  • Is the question "catch cold" or "get sick"? being wet in a cold location can cause hypothermia but that's a disorder not a sickness. The claim here is vague. Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 13:02
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    I don't think it's a duplicate or about being cold, because this is talking about wetness. Notice the comparison with shower. "catch cold" vs. "get sick"... sure those are different things, but an answer can reasonably address both.
    – user5582
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 18:25

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'Cold' is just a name given to the rhinoviruses that cause cold symptoms, the idea that going out into the cold would cause a cold was just a traditional idea, not necessarily based on anything other than biased observations.


All this said, it is true that colds, and more specifically flu, are more prevalent in winter months, and that this is true, even in opposite hemispheres of the planet, where winter occurs at opposite times of year. This provable seasonality of flu doesn't show that the cold temperature causes flu, though. It could be that cold weather aligns with flu season because, for instance, people stay indoors, together, incubating viruses during this time.

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