While everyone is surely feeling the effects of the biting cold, your kids are probably more affected than you. Their bodies’ immune systems aren’t fully developed yet, so they’re more prone to catching cold or other respiratory diseases since the air is frigid and dry. According to the NIAID, the viruses that cause the these illnesses are more prevalent at low humidity – which is why it’s rather common for kids to start sneezing and wheezing at this time of year:
The cold season
In the United States, most colds occur during the fall and winter. This may relate to the opening of schools and the start of cold weather, which prompt people to spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will spread from person to person.
Seasonal changes in relative humidity also may affect the occurrence of colds. The most common cold-causing viruses survive better when humidity is low—the colder months of the year. Cold weather also may make the inside lining of your nose drier and more vulnerable to viral infection.
In Minnesota, the temperature can drop very quickly and even though it’s spring already, the cold hasn’t let up. This means that you can’t get complacent when it comes to your home’s roof, windows, doors, and siding – the barriers that protect your family against the elements that harbor viruses.
If your home doesn’t provide appropriate insulation, you need to consider upgrading your Minneapolis and St. Paul siding primarily because its usefulness extends beyond winter and spring. As it gets warmer, new siding can actually keep the heat out and cut your energy use, especially if you install James Hardie siding.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals proudly offers these products because of its durability against any kind of conditions. Installing James Hardie siding in St. Paul on your home can keep your home’s temperature constant; coupled with an air humidifier, you and your kids will be able to avoid the cool dry air and discourage the spread of viruses indoors.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Common Cold, NIAID.com)