Influenza virus likes dry or very damp conditions

Influenza virus likes dry or very damp conditions

A recent study aimed to determine the relationship between ambient humidity and viability of the influenza A virus found that viability during transmission through the air was highest at lower humidity (<50% RH) or at ~100% RH (i.e. large droplets that settle out of the air and survive on a surface to infect via contact transmission).

Check out in particular the section:

Implications for Influenza’s Transmission Patterns

plosone.org/article/info%3A...

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It is rather sobering to discover that our ideas on how influenza spreads come from 60 to 80 years ago. We still have so much to learn.

So.... Regularly wash your hands!!

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