Summer colds are more common than people think
A summer cold usually strikes between June and October, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They are more common than most people think because winter cold viruses spread more easily since people are in tight, close spaces, says Julia Blank, MD, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “We’re more likely to be indoors when it’s cold out,” she says. “Also, cold viruses spread more easily in cold dry air.” Still, people should take precautions to avoid colds all year round. Here’s what you need to know about summer colds.
Summer colds can upset your stomach as well as your head
There are 200 plus viruses that can cause a cold throughout the year, Dr. Blank says. Summer colds are usually from a different virus (enterovirus) than those to blame for winter colds (rhinovirus), says New York City-based internist Keri Peterson, MD, and they can cause stomach upset in addition to respiratory symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and fever. These summer germs spread not just through respiratory droplets, but also through fecal matter. Wash your hands especially well after you use the bathroom. Keeping your hands clean is one of 50 ways to avoid catching a cold during any season.