Cold Germ Hotbeds

Cold Germ Hotbeds - germhotbeds By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP...

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Doorknobs and TV remotes are  germ hotbeds By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON – Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer. Scientists at the University of Virginia, long known for its virology research, tested surfaces in the homes of people with colds and reported the results Tuesday at the nation's premier conference on infectious diseases. Doctors don't know how often people catch colds from touching germy surfaces as opposed to, say, shaking a sick person's hand, said Dr. Birgit Winther, an ear, nose and throat specialist who helped conduct the study. Two years ago, she and other doctors showed that germs survived in hotel rooms a day after guests left, waiting to be picked up by the next person checking in. For the new study, researchers started with 30 adults showing early symptoms of colds. Sixteen tested positive for rhinovirus, which causes
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course HLTH 311 taught by Professor Anderson during the Spring '12 term at BYU.

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Cold Germ Hotbeds - germhotbeds By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP...

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