Bacteria in Your Coughs and Sneezes Can Stay Alive in the Air for up to 45 Minutes

New research has given you more reason than ever to cover a cough and wash your hands afterward, Science Alert reports. The study found that some bacteria not only can travel as far as 4 meters (13 feet) with a sneeze, but can hang around for as long as 45 minutes after. The half-life, or time it takes for most of the bacteria to die, varied from 10 seconds to 10 minutes, but the fact that some could live nearly an hour is a concern for hospitals, scientists said. This study not only...

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