The dangers of being outdoors in the cold too long

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — We are at the advent of flu season and there are already multiple cold cases here in Springfield.

If you are outside for too long, especially without proper clothing, you can easily get frostbite, catch a cold or get a sore throat.

A physician at Mercy, Jennifer McNay, speaks about the dangers of staying outdoors for too long.

She says that if a senior is exposed to high winds in the cold weather can give them asthma or even heart attacks.

“Seniors will have that exposure to them happen more quickly,” McNay said. “So it’s important that they stay protected, and again out inappropriate clothing, layered clothing, and get in and out as quickly as possible.”

McNay says that everyone should minimize their time outside when it’s cold.

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