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A 31-year-old member asked:

how can i stop getting sick with viruses?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Part of life: If you're talking about cold viruses, you can't: they're just part of living. The best thing you can do is to wash your hands frequently when there are colds being passed around in the community, but most adults get about two colds per year no matter what they do.

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What role do viruses play with ms?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
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Uncertain: Much interest recently in epstein barr virus (ebv), the virus causing mononucleosis and its association with future risk of developing ms. Other viruses have been looked at but so far none have shown a consistent link to the risk of developing ms.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between flu viruses a, b, and c?

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Yes: Influenza a, b & c are genetically distinct viruses.Infection with a or b produces near identical diseases which are treated similarly.Influenza c is not a clinically important virus & causes mild disease rarely.Influenza a - due to a higher likelihood of genetic shifting & 'mixing' in bird & swine - is the only influenza virus which causes pandemics.Yearly influenza vaccine protects against a & b.
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How do viruses and prions differ from each other?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
DNA or RNA:: Viruses have dna or rna, prions have neither.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are disease causing viruses more active in the heat?

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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Not necessarily: Viruses aren't really more or less active based on the temperature. However, being overly tired from working in the heat can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick from a virus. That's one reason why it's important to stay well-hydrated and well-rested when working in the heat.
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A 20-year-old member asked:

I've heard a new way of fighting viruses, called draco, how will this work and when will it be ready?

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Dr. George Valdez
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Many years: Right now its new exciting idea. Sometimes these 'magic bullets' are promised to attract investors. Will be many years to refine, then develop and prove safety and efficacy.

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