I recently posed a question on stack exchange biology about how viruses persist outside the body, and HPV in particular.
The question received some upvotes initially but no answers. After putting a bounty on it views increased a little but still no answers.
The subject is difficult. Not much is known definitely, and the studies I have found in the meantime are not easy to interpret as a layman.
I would like to pose a possible answer, and ask for input to understand the science of the study it is drawn from, to encourage more speculative engagement from the community. If there are no clear answers, what's a good guess?
Can I answer my own bountied question, when there are 0 answers, without it being automatically accepted as "the" answer and the bounty ended?