‘Viruses – the facts and how to stay healthy’ was a post I wrote back in November 2016. In the present circumstances I thought it might be helpful to share it again. God bless us all.
Viruses are all around us.
Here is a picture of the ‘Rhinovirus‘ also known as the ’cold virus’.
- The rhinovirus (unlike its name) is very small. It is 1000 times smaller than a human cell.
- 1350 billion rhinoviruses can sit on a 1 pound or 1 euro coin.
- A cold virus is not alive. It comes to life by occupying another host.
- A cold virus survives best in cold, dry weather.
- You can’t catch a cold virus by kissing but you can by shaking hands!
- Viruses love eyes and noses.The yellow mucus sometimes produced from your nose during a cold is actually white blood cells.
- Cold viruses don’t make us feel ill. Our immune system response makes us feel unwell.
- The velocity of a sneeze is the same as a professional baseball pitcher, 150 km per hour. That’s fast!
- More children than adults catch colds ( not surprising when you see what children do when they sneeze!)
- Your race, gender, education and shape of your body does not make a difference whether you are more likely to catch a cold or not.