How Confined Spaces Help Spread Illness

How Confined Spaces Help Spread Illness

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You might be surprised to know that it's not the change in temperatures that's getting you sick. Physicians say it's actually from being cooped up inside.

Urgent care clinics around the north country have been crowded this flu season. Physician assistant Mark Knowles says it's the worst he has ever seen.

Knowles also says even though it might be hard to believe, temperature changes have nothing to do with illness.

"Reality is that a confinement of space is the issue. During the winter, the doors and windows are all closed, heating systems, being what they are, maybe poor ventilation. The germs, bacteria and the like, are very prevalent and have nowhere to escape," he said.

Here are some tips from heath officials to keep in mind as winter wraps up: wash your hands; keep your house clean, and leave your windows open at home when you can.

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