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Industrial Hygiene - How Long Do Germs Live Outside the Body?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jan, 09, 2014 @ 17:01 PM

Many of us have learned that bacteria and viruses need warm, moist conditions in order to live, and that the human body is a perfect host for these microbes.  The corollary to this is that bacteria and viruses can't survive for long periods outside the body.  It turns out that this isn't always the case.  In fact, the length of time that a bacterial species or virus strain survives depends on the specific microbe in question and other factors such as temperature, humidity, and even the type of surface the microbe is on. 

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Topics: bacteria, viruses, viability, biofilms

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