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Health tips for the winter

Cold temperatures and outdoor activities

In winter, cold temperatures and air pollution can have direct and indirect effects on health. This may be the case, for example, during periods of extreme cold or a smog warnings. To get the most out of your outdoor activities in winter, read the following pages, which provide information about the possible effects of cold temperatures and air pollution and what you can do to prevent their consequences.

Interior comfort

In winter, residents of Québec spend 80% of their time indoors. Poor air quality in homes can have health effects. This may be the case, for example, when mould develops due to excess humidity or when there is a build-up of carbon monoxide due to the improper use of fuel-powered appliances such as wood-burning stoves or propane heaters. Winter is also the season when radon levels in the home should be measured. Holiday celebrations can be noisy and this can have health effects too. To make sure you feel more comfortable indoors, read the following pages:

Flu and gastroenteritis

Some viruses that circulate in Québec every year are more common in winter. They include the flu (influenza) and gastroenteritis, two highly contagious infections. They can be prevented by taking simple hygiene measures, such as washing your hands. To find out more, read the following pages:

Last update: December 1, 2022


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