Flu virus transmission

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From Virology Blog, How does the flu virus spread? Read about it in “Influenza virus transmission.”

Influenza virus may be transmitted among humans in three ways: (1) by direct contact with infected individuals; (2) by contact with contaminated objects (called fomites, such as toys, doorknobs); and (3) by inhalation of virus-laden aerosols.

Read on for how to prevent transmission.

As I read this, I realized that the paper masks are not especially to keep people safe, but to keep them from spreading aerosols as they speak or cough. Having a handkerchief to whip out before a sneeze is going to be very good manners.

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