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Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 12:03 PM
— 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
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
Englewood — 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.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— 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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:01 AM
BENTON, Ky. — One person was killed and multiple other people were injured Tuesday morning in a shooting reported at a Kentucky high school, according to the state's governor.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
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.
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.
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.