COLUMBIA, S.C. — With winter in full swing, many parts of the country are experiencing sharp drops in temperatures. In fact, in the Midlands, we haven’t seen low temperatures in the mid-20s in about two weeks. These temperatures are thanks to a cold front bringing along much cooler air.
Our bodies can have difficulty adjusting to abrupt drops in temperature, especially for those with underlying health conditions. Heart problems and respiratory infections are some of the most common health issues associated with sudden temperature drops, as the body has to work harder to maintain its core temperature.
When the air is cold and dry, it can irritate our respiratory system and make us more susceptible to illness.. like respiratory infections, such as the common cold.
So what can you do to protect yourself during these sudden temperature drops? Keep warm and dress appropriately, especially when spending time outdoors.