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This Is How The Flu Spreads Through Your Body

Take a journey through the microscopic world of a cell as it gets killed by a virus.

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Soon, millions of new copies of the virus are floating around the cell until they’re ready to be released to infect another host cell. They will either burst the host cell and spread or be enveloped in the host cell’s membrane.

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Chemicals called pyrogens cause your body temperature to increase, giving you get a fever that actually helps to fight the virus. Most of the chemical reactions that happen in your body have an optimal temperature - 37 degrees celsius, or 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. When your temperature rises, the reactions slow down and rate of viral reproduction decreases.

This immune response continues until the viruses are gone from your body.

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