eli5 why are people more likely to get sick if they’re out in the rain?

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eli5 why are people more likely to get sick if they’re out in the rain?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Rain lowers the temperature of everything.

The colder the human body, the worse it is at fighting off bacteria and viruses (pathogens). It must work harder to maintain ideal temp (37c/98.6f) and lower temp means lower blood flow (slower traffic).

The colder the air, the worse it is at holding water, another way of saying humidity is low. Pathogens thrive in low humidity. The membranes they enter the body dry out, which is like leaving the border open with no guards.

Rain drives people indoors, closer together, making those pathogens more likely to be passed amongst each other (increased exposure).

Anonymous 0 Comments

Your immune system gets a bit weaker when you’re cold and wet, so viruses and bacteria can sneak in easier. Plus, people tend to huddle together indoors when it’s rainy, spreading germs around more. It’s like a double whammy of sick-making!

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not the rain itself that gets you sick, it’s the fact that being cold and wet can weaken your immune system. Plus, rainy weather often means we’re all huddled indoors with other people, which makes it easier to spread germs. So it’s more about the conditions that come with the rain than the rain itself.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not the rain itself that makes you sick. Colder weather can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to germs. Plus, when it’s rainy, people tend to stay indoors where germs spread more easily.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not really the rain that makes you sick, but being cold and damp can weaken your immune system, making it easier for viruses to take hold. Plus, when it’s raining, people tend to stay indoors where germs spread more easily. So it’s more about the conditions rain creates, not the rain itself.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not the rain itself that makes you sick; it’s the cold and wet conditions lowering your immune system’s defenses, making you more susceptible to viruses that are already around.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not really the rain itself that makes you sick, it’s being cold and wet which can stress your immune system. Also, people tend to congregate indoors when it’s rainy, so you’re more likely to be around others who might have germs.

Anonymous 0 Comments

It’s not the rain itself that makes you sick; it’s the fact that being cold and wet can lower your immune system, making it easier for viruses to get a foothold. So basically, it’s not the rain, it’s what’s in the air that you might catch when you’re a bit more vulnerable.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Apart from the obvious already stated, I would think that rain could also carry bacteria and this could get into ur body easier when out in about. The air is usually less humid and this can carry pathogens no? I don’t know

Anonymous 0 Comments

Wtf happened in here? Why are there a bunch of accounts saying basically the same thing all with 0 karma