Viruses are more dangerous when victims are infected in the morning, according to research done at Britain’s University of Cambridge.
Research has shown that viruses are ten times more effective if the infection starts in the morning. The study found that infections are more dangerous, if for some reason, for instance, working in shifts or time difference, disturb normal biorhythm.
The multiplication of viruses, unlike bacteria and parasites entirely depend on the mechanisms in cells that dramatically changed during the 24 hours, in the form known as biorhythm. Disrupting the biorhythm means that the body is “locked” in a condition that facilitates propagation of viruses, the scientists explain.
In research mice were infected with flu viruses and herpes. Those who have been infected in the morning had ten times more virus than those infected in the night.
“The virus needs all mechanisms at the right time, otherwise it may never start acting. However, even less contamination in the morning can be quickly expanded to completely conquer the body, “said Professor Ejkilesh Reddy.
He believes this discovery could help in controlling epidemics. “When during pandemics people would stay at home through the day, it could be very important and would save many victims,” said Reddy.