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March 5, 2018

Hallie Golden, a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, and The Atlantic, interviewed the School of Public Health’s Dr. Don Milton (MIAEH) about his flu research. “A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published a stunning finding: People with the flu could contaminate the air around them simply by breathing,” the article begins. “That’s right: You might have thought that sneezing into the crook of your arm and coughing away from other humans might help. But research indicates that that’s not the case. More importantly, it proves this: We still don’t quite understand how the flu works.”

Dr. Milton says, “People who are coughing are shedding a lot of virus, but people who aren’t coughing aren’t necessarily shedding nothing—they’re still shedding virus and it’s still infectious.”

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