#1125: Humidity Affects Flu Risk
Release Date: 06/01/2019
Have you ever wondered why the flu is so prevalent in the winter? This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute. New research out of Yale University may provide an answer. The study consisted of two groups of mice, both kept in the same temperature. One group had normal humidity and the other low humidity. Both groups were exposed to the flu type A virus. The group of mice in low humidity were more likely to develop the virus. Because of the lack of humidity, cilia were not able to properly remove the virus or tainted mucus from their airways. It also inhibited damage repair to infected parts of the lungs. Obviously, humidity is not the only factor in flu outbreaks, but it does play a role. You may want to plug in the humidifiers at home and at work during the winter months. This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.
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