More than 85% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44 . Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5, 43, 44.
These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs or sneezes) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.
A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is good to use a preparation that target different types and classes of germs.