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How Cold is Too Cold For Schools?

dr. tasbot Zea joins us now in studio to

talk about the effects of sending your

kids to school when it's too cold she's

the founder and medical director of

Center Spring MD in Atlanta

so dr. tazón made it hard to believe

that we do need to start talking about

cold yes by how warm it's been but is

there a set policy for deciding this

there's not a true governmental policy

but there are some medical guidelines

that school systems can choose to follow

if they want our example you know when

that temperature is somewhere between 20

to 40 we have to think through whether

it's really good to keep kids in school

and below 20 is where we need a lot of

thought and so this is both getting kids

to school but also when it comes to

outdoor recess yes definitely I think it

really plays into recess let's talk

about the medical standards though with

us for recess well just for going out on

temperatures that are too cold yeah so

some things you can do I mean some

things really to pay attention to with

your children or first of all make sure

they're bundled up you know make sure

their heads recover they have gloves

they have scarves they have mittens

those type of things because we lose

temperature very quickly from those

exposed extremities so that would be

rule number one rule number two is

really maybe have a discussion with your

teacher as well to understand when they

will be outside so that their children

can be prepared and certainly this is

gonna depend on where you live right and

you know what kids have in terms of

outer garments like in Florida they

might have not have a lot of hats and

gloves etc exactly they're an issue

Colorado or in the Midwest yes and so

you need talked about hypothermia and

frostbite let's talk about asthma and

cold and flu and when you get into the

cold season right so some of the things

that happen when it gets too cold

hypothermia as a health risk frostbite

is a health risk that's why we want to

stay covered asthma flares often when it

starts to get colder so if you have a

child with asthma it's important to be

aware of that make sure the school is

prepared and you're prepared as well and

then colds and flu the minute that

temperature drops those bugs grow and

it's really much easier to get a cold or

to get the flu now is it because you

know you go outside and you're cold or

is it because you're actually inside

more and you're around germs there are

multiple reasons first of all everyone's

indoors more so they're around each

other so it allows those germs to spread

but we do know with the drop in

temperatures certain bugs make their

debut and so colds and flu or a part of

that interesting all right now it has

been warm is there any health challenges

with the warm fall that we've had it

there has been you know people are

saying all of a sudden they're noticing

their allergies are back they were gone

briefly and suddenly in the middle of

they're dealing with fall allergies and

spring allergies again they're more

there's more asthma also due to warmer

weather induced by the allergens

typically you can't win can we know and

then also take more in illnesses

mosquitos things like that haven't gone

away yet usually by this time of year

with that first freeze they're gone but

they're not gone yet and we were just

talking about that the freeze has not

happened yet all right doctors thank you

thank you