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Reading and writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.

Here’s a novel potential public health measure against the flu ,kick up the (1) …………………… . The cold, dry months of winter are the start of flu season. But previous research found only a weak correlation between the spike in flu rates and the drop in (2) …………………….. humidity. Now researchers from Oregon State (3) ………………………… say that’s because it’s absolute, not relative, humidity that counts. Their study is in the (4) …………………… 9th edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Relative humidity is a function of (5) …………………… During the dry winter, relative humidity is low in a warm house but high in the cold outside. Absolute humidity, is simply the total amount of water in the air. The less water in the air, the longer the flu virus (6) ……………………… , which leads to a greater chance of someone catching the bug. And the scientists aren’t sure why humidity affects the flu virus survival. However, they hope their discovery can be put to work. (7) ……………………….. rooms and nursing homes, for example, could up their humidity during the winter. And it’s time for a new health mantra: a sauna a day keeps the flu bug away.

(1) humidity, brilliancy, existentially, explicitly
(2) sensitive, polemicists, shellacking, relative
(3) Colorfully, Husbandry, University, Beggarly
(4) Heavy, Skinny, Jetty, February
(5) cliffhanger, temperature, dissimilar, titular
(6) survives, complete, synthesize, epitomize
(7) Disharmony, Dichromic, Emergency, Patently

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