The answer is NO. Rain can’t make you sick; germs make you sick.
The reason why you think rain makes you sick is because you get caught in the rain, your body temperature drops and your nose runs when the temperature drops.
It’s an immune system response. Your nose warms and humidifies the air you breathe as it travels down into the lungs. So when you inhale cold air, the moist tissue inside your nose automatically increases fluid production to do its job of protecting sensitive lung tissue. However, when there’s too much fluid, the excess tends to drip out, creating a runny nose. So, if you think getting wet from the rain is making you sick, it isn’t. Unless, the rainwater contains germs and you swallow it.
Here are few tips to prevent you from getting sick from the strong downpour:
1. WASH YOUR HANDS
While most infections are mainly carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes right on your face, germs can also be transmitted by physical contact and entered the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts like your eyes, nose, and mouth and nose. Wash and dry hands – these can significantly reduce the chances of catching a virus.
DRINK HOT BEVERAGE
Drink something hot like cocoa or soup as soon as you have wiped your feet. Taking something hot can help provide warmth to help withstand the cold. A hot drink can also clear up the phlegm accumulated in the nasal cavities and the throat, making it easier for you to breathe.
TAKE A WARM SHOWER
When you’re drenched from head to toe in rainwater, take a shower as soon as possible to stabilize your body temperature. As an alternative, you can soak your feet in warm water to take the temperature back to normal.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. Being dehydrated makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses. If you’ve already caught a cold, drinking plenty of fluids will help flush out the infection.