HENRICO (WRIC) - Some good is coming out of this cold snap.
Doctors say it may be preventing the flu and other viruses from spreading.
Dr. Kenneth Lucas with Patient First says since the cold spell hit, they've seen a noticeable drop in patients.
"When people stay in, they may infect the family, but they're not infecting the neighbors, the friends and everybody else," he says.
Doctors had been seeing a lot of upper respiratory problems and the flu was picking up momentum - Virginia is one of a dozen states with widespread flu activity.
"It'll be interesting to see what this little cold snap does. It'll be nice if it does interrupt the flu. It's a bad illness."
Dr. Lucas recommends washing your hands, eating healthy and getting enough rest to keep from getting sick now that more people are venturing outside.
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