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4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 12:03 PM

Cases of the flu go up in the area

Winter weather in the Miami Valley this season has had its ups and downs with temperatures in the 50s one day and plunging down into the teens the next.

Cases of illnesses are rising across the country, reminding many of the age-old saying that a shift in temperature is often the culprit to a sudden onset of the sniffles.

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But experts say that isn’t exactly true. In an article for Women’s Health Magazine, Dr. Marc Leavey, a physician in Baltimore, said that while the flux between warm and cool might affect the body’s immune system, it’s the social gatherings that result from a break in the weather which pose more of a risk of inducing illness.

“As the weather warms up, people start going out more and becoming more social, and whenever groups of individuals get together and are physically close to one another, cold transmission increases,” he wrote.

So what can you do to protect yourself as the weather changes and you meet up with people to avoid the winter blues? Here are some tips to keep you healthy this winter.

1. Wear lots of layers

If the forecast calls for a shift in temperature throughout the day, plan your outfit to coordinate. Having something to take off as the day warms up, but can be put back on at night when it’s chilly could save you a visit to the doctor. It’s also a good idea to keep an extra hat and pair of gloves in your car just in case you get caught in an unexpected snow storm.

2. Consider a humidifier

The heating system in your home can keep you warm, but it can also dry out your nose and mouth. This could decrease their effectiveness in preventing illness, according to Dr. Rebecca Andrews of UConn Health. Adding a humidifier to your home can help offset the dry conditions created from heating your house and reduce the risk of illness spreading if someone sick comes for a visit.

3. Cough into your elbow, not your hands

Your parents were right when they told you to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, but if you really want to prevent the spread of a cold or flu, always cough into a disposable tissue or your elbow. Covering your mouth with your hands can easily spread viruses and germs, so it’s best to try those alternatives.

4. Speaking of hands, wash them frequently

It’s also best to wash your hands as often as possible during the winter months. Viruses and other bacteria are often picked up from touching things in common gathering places like bathrooms, and often times we think nothing of touching our faces afterward. Washing your hands, especially after using a bathroom or touching handrails and other public faculties, is the best practice to prevent a surprise illness from sneaking up on you.
As cases of cold-related illness rise around the nation, here are a few ways you can keep yourself healthy for the rest of the winter. STAFF(Staff Writer)

Police need your help: Can you identify these Englewood theft suspects?

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

The Englewood Police Department is looking for tips regarding a theft that occurred on Sunday, January 14.  Two suspects were involved in a reported pickpocketing at a local restaurant.  

Once the victim discovered her wallet was missing, the suspects had already charged nearly $6000 in purchases. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Alan Meade at 937-771-2890. 

Changes to Facebook concern local small businesses

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

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Many local small businesses are concerned about how changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm will impact their ability to reach customers.

Two weeks ago Facebook announced it will change the News Feed to focus more on content from friends and family. 

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The switch could mean small businesses who rely of Facebook for marketing purposes will be demoted from customers’ News Feeds. 

Eighty percent of small businesses use Facebook for marketing purposes, according to research done by G2 Crowd and published at eMarketer.com in September. 

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will have insight from a social media expert and talk to local business owners and customers about what they think of the changes. Watch move starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO-TV.

1 killed, several injured in shooting at Kentucky high school; suspect in custody

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

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Chance for rain, snow showers today with gusty winds

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

A few light showers or some wet snow is possible today, and more rain likely this weekend in the Dayton area.

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>> 4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a few passing showers at times. With temperatures hovering just above freezing most of the day, we could see a mix or rain and even snow at times. No accumulation is expected as the ground is too warm to support anything frozen.

>> 5-Day Forecast

TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime. 

THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.

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FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees. 

SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night.