Surprisingly hardy flu germs

Flu-causing viruses may live for days or even months outside the body

By Stephen Ornes, 14:18 PM December 14, 2011

 

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For a human, an infection often means getting sick. But for a virus, an infection means survival.

 

Viruses are tiny, disease-causing germs that can reproduce only inside an organism they’ve invaded. If these microbes end up outside the body, expelled through the nose by a sneeze or wiped on a sleeve, it’s hard for them to survive. When they’re unable to infect anything, viruses dry up and eventually die.

 

But that might be a long time, according to a team of scientists in France that recentl...

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