How many times did you hear your mother tell you, "Put on a jacket or you're going to catch a cold!" or "Come in out of the rain before you catch cold!"

It's also a fairly common trope in Jane Austen-esque type movies that someone will be out in the rain and succumb to a high fever as a direct result to the chill.

Is there any truth to being cold directly correlating to fever or general illness?

  • possible duplicate of Does being cold increase your chances of catching the common cold?
    – rjzii
    Feb 19, 2015 at 18:55
  • Answers the question about colds, but what about fevers/chills?
    – Scottie
    Feb 19, 2015 at 19:04
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    fevers and chills are not sicknesses. A "cold's" symptom is usually a fever. your claimed phrases even include your going to catch a "cold".
    – Himarm
    Feb 19, 2015 at 19:09
  • also, if your cold to long you'll get hypothermia, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothermia/basics/…
    – Himarm
    Feb 19, 2015 at 19:14
  • In a more general sense, living in a cold climate reduces or eliminates the chance of catching many pretty nasty illnesess - Wikipedia has a list: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_disease I also think (personal opinion) that spending time outdoors in cold weather reduces the chance of catching airborne communicable diseases. And maybe it's semantics, but I don't think htypothermia should be considered a illness, it's more like an injury.
    – jamesqf
    Feb 19, 2015 at 21:28


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