Unfortunately, there is no evidence that "improper protection from adverse weather conditions or from rapid, frequent chances in the environment around the victim" affect the transmissibility of, or a person's susceptibility to the common cold. It's just folklore. Rhinoviruses are spread by inhaling droplets of moisture from another person. Infection can occur under most environmental conditions.
Transmission and History Edit
Above note is fundamentally correct, although the set of symptoms known as "the common cold" are likely more often due to coronavirus infection. Rhinoviruses account for maybe 35% of cases.--Fenian 22:01, 4 Oct 2005 (UTC)
The "Stone Age" reference is accurate only to that extent that the common cold was first depicted and described, to the best of my knowledge, in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Precisely when humans first began experiencing this set of symptoms is indeterminate. --Fenian 22:15, 4 Oct 2005 (UTC)
Wesley Crusher Edit
There was an episode when Wesley said to Data, "have you got a cold?" Data replied, "a cold what?" Wesley said, "it's a disease my mom says people used to get.