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Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

January 29, 2011

When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR’s Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

Sunday evening my throat started to hurt. Monday I felt none too good. By Tuesday very poorly.

I am now very very poorly with bronchitis. Coughing very badly, much worse at night.

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), which causes them to become inflamed. It is common in winter and often develops following a cold, sore throat or flu. The main symptom of bronchitis is a cough, which may bring up yellow-grey mucus. Bronchitis may also cause a sore throat, wheezing and a blocked nose. Cause can be virus or bacteria. It can develop into pneumonia. Not a good sign when you start coughing up blood! Nor a good sign when you have repeated bouts of bronchitis.

Rest, warmth and plenty of fluids help recovery. And do not go out in the cold. Living in a cold, damp house does not help.

Drinking hot soups is good as you get plenty of fluids and nutrition.