We’ve told you how to make your flu shot work better, but the big question is: why does flu strike during the winter?
In LiveScience.com, Dave Mosher writes about a new study that shows that the flu virus?s success depends on low relative humidity and cold temperatures?and that describes winter weather. The virus can live longer in cold, dry weather than it can in hot, humid conditions. Mosher quotes virologist Peter Palese as saying, “We’ve always thought the immune system wasn’t as active during the winter, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case.”
Viruses like the ones that cause the flu aren’t killed by antibiotics, and today they cause more human deaths than almost anything else. But there may be a new way to kill them: SHAKE them to death.