Family Health: Flu virus gets stronger in winter


AS IT TURNS OUT… THE VIRUS (DOES( GET STRONGER DURING THE WINTER. THAT’S ACCORDING TO DOCTOR RANDY CONOVER á A FAMILY PHYSICIAN IN CENTERTON, HE SAYS THE FLU VIRUS LIVES FOR ABOUT AN HOUR WHEN IT’S WARM, BUT IT LASTS NEARLY A DAY IN THE COLD. THE VIRUS ITSELF HAS AN OUTER LAYER THAT HARDENS IN COLD WEATHER AND MAKES IT LESS LIKELY TO DIE. Dr. Randy Conover, Family Physician “They’ve even done studies with guinea pigs, and guinea pigs…the colder the environment, the easier it was for the flu to be passed around. And the warmer, the slower it is.” ((KEVIN)) CONOVER SAYS THOSE WHO ARE SIXTYáFIVE OR OLDER AND HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL OR DIABETES áá HAVE A HIGHER CHANCE OF A HEART ATTACK IF THEY GET THE FLU… SIX TIMES HIGHER, TO BE EXACT. ((KEVIN)) SPORTS DIRECTOR WESS MOORE IS UP NEXT. HEAR FROM A RAZORBACK LEGEND THAT SPOKE AT THE LITTLE ROCK TOUCHDOWN

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