Brains On! How Do You Catch a Cold?

We’ve been catching colds for millennia – but it wasn’t until fairly recently that we actually understood how and why we get sneezy, coughy, and achy.

In this episode, we find out more about the common cold: Does standing outside in the cold actually make it easier to get sick? Is there a cure that really works? Could there be a benefit to catching the rhinovirus? Listen for all the answers + the mystery sound!

And we want you to send us a recording of your sneeze! We’re going to take the sneezes we get and remix them into a super sneeze mix. Send your recording to brainson [at] mpr [dot] org

Music in this episode by Marc Sanchez, Sonny Smith and Chris Zabriskie.


Brains On! is an award-winning audio show for kids and families from American Public Media.

Science Topics
Health & Medicine
K-6, Middle School
4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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