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How Do Drastic Weather Changes Impact Us?

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     It's back to some sub-zero temps this week after what was a nice, but brief warm-up on Sunday. While many of us recognize roller coaster weather conditions are a part of Midwest winters, it can still have quite an effect on us.

     Even though the sun was shining Tuesday, you could tell from the icicles on playground equipment and the desolation at Vander Veer Park that it wasn't doing much good. With temps in the 40's one day and in the negative degrees the next it's hard to really adjust. While some say the bitter cold doesn't necessarily keep them indoors, a lot of folks say the drastic dips and jumps can make it hard in some aspects both physically and mentally.

     Doctors say when it comes to mental health depression is higher during winter months because people stay indoors more and aren't as active. They suggest people try going shopping or hit the gym. Physically, doctors are seeing a lot of flu and upper respiratory infections in patients right now. They say if you have symptoms like cough, sore throat, fever and body aches to see a doctor.

     "Those that might have chronic problems are diabetes, heart problems or lung problems like COPD or asthma, their immune systems might not be working to the greatest capacity," said Dr. Michael Bollaert, a Family Medicine physician in Moline.

     A healthy person can usually adapt to ups and downs in weather conditions pretty well. But people with chronic issues need to take extra care they're properly dressed and take action against germs spreading.


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