Stand Back, Way Back: Flu Virus Can Be Spread Just by Breathing

Simply standing back when someone coughs or sneezes won't necessarily protect you from the flu — you also need to keep your distance when a sick person merely breathes. That's because the virus can be spread just by breathing, a new study confirms. In the study, the scientists found large quantities of infectious flu virus in the exhaled breath of people with the disease, highlighting the importance of "airborne" transmission in flu spread. "The study findings suggest that keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time and avoiding people who are coughing does not provide complete protection from getting...

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