Oswego, NY- For the last month there has been dramatic changes in Oswego’s weather. The fluctuations in weather have lead to snow, rain, 60 degree weather, and various other conditions. Rumors have been spiraling around campus that this change in weather has lead to many people getting sick. However, this rumor has been proven false.
“The reason you have a big flux in rhinoviruses like the common cold in the fall season, and in the spring season is because that’s just when it spreads the most. That’s when those viruses peak, ” WTOP-10 Chief Meteorologist Alec Zuch said. “And then, on top of that in the winter time that’s when flu is the most common. So it has nothing to do with temperature, it has more to do with you know, when that virus actually goes around.”
Several studies at universities across the United States have proven this statement to be true as well. Bacteria and viruses are the reasons for people’s illnesses. The cold temperature typically makes it easier for the bacteria and viruses to survive. Meanwhile, the warm weather lets allergens into the air more easily. These things have made it a great environment for both allergens and bacteria to survive. Plus, the elements Oswego has provided recently has not helped conditions either.
The Mary Walker Health Center is providing students with treatments for common cold like symptoms. If symptoms become more serious, it is advised that students see a doctor or another medical professional as soon as possible.