Uptick in cold cases, home issues as Texas braces for temperature drop

(Frank Martinez/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the holiday season upon us, that means a drop in temperatures and a rise in fevers as people are catching more than the holiday spirit.

There has been a roller coaster ride of weather in Austin lately, which can do damage on the body and the home. Central Texas doctors are already seeing a rise in patients suffering from colds.

Doctors at Baylor Scott and White are reporting a spike in cold and flu cases in Austin. When temperatures go from cold to warm and back, doctors see more people with viral infections, sinus and breathing problems.

To guard against sickness doctors advise dressing in layers even with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Viruses spread very quickly, so doctors say you should also constantly wash your hands. 

Protecting your home

  • First, shut off water to the outside spigots. This will keep your plumbing and pipes from freezing
  • Keep your garage door closed, this keeps the cold air out and protects your water heater
  • If you’re going on vacation, think about shutting off water to your house so you won’t come back to frozen pipes

Whether it is your body or your home, experts say to take action early. Nothing is immune to the cold, not your body and not your house.