How Do Drastic Weather Changes Impact Us? - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

How Do Drastic Weather Changes Impact Us?

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:32:10 GMT
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trail against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trial against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
  • Teen Accused Of Setting Muscatine Apartment On Fire

    Teen Accused Of Setting Muscatine Apartment On Fire

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:46:44 GMT
    A teenager is facing serious charges in connection with an apartment fire in Muscatine. According to the Muscatine County Attorney, 16-year-old Benjamin Phillips is accused of setting the fire to the twoMore >>
    A teenager is facing serious charges in connection with an apartment fire in Muscatine. According to the Muscatine County Attorney, 16-year-old Benjamin Phillips is accused of setting the fire to the twoMore >>
  • IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:55:32 GMT
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.More >>
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.
    More >>

 

     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.