Does cold weather make you sick?

As summer turns to fall, the weather across Canada is changing quickly.There’s an age-old myth that a drastic drop in temperature can make you sick, but according to experts, it’s just a fallacy.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Flu forecast 2019 — Here’s what to expect from this year’s flu season“That’s completely untrue,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, a researcher at the University Health Network and infectious disease expert.“Infections — what we call upper respiratory tract infections — can occur all year round.“The fact that it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that someone’s going to get a cold. The fact that it’s cold outside means that the season is changing, and there are some infections which become more viable in the winter months,” Bogoch said.Catching a cold has nothing to do with the temperatureIn order to catch the common cold, you have to come in contact with that infection — and that’s just as likely to happen in June as it is in December.But it can seem like more people become ill in the colder months, a phenomenon Bogoch said could be caused by closer proximity to others.“In the winter months, we tend to stay indoors more,” he said.“We tend to huddle together more, and there’s probably more opportunities for people to transmit infections from person to person.”WATCH: Health experts warn of a potentially bad flu season

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