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Originally posted by T0by
I hardly ever get sunlight but i'm healthy as anything!
I wonder how amazing i'd feel if I actually did get sunlight
I'll try it next time i'm sick.
Originally posted by ALLis0NE
my theory is that body temperature rising is actually your body's defense mechanism.
Originally posted by shug7272
reply to post by ALLis0NE
There is one area where you are flat out wrong but right at the same time.
Your immune system responds to the infection, and in the process of fighting, it produces chemicals called pyrogens that cause your body temperature to increase. This fever actually helps you to fight the infection by slowing down the rate of viral reproduction, because most of your body's chemical reactions have an optimal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). If your temperature rises slightly above this, the reactions slow down. This immune response continues until the viruses are eliminated from your body. However, if you sneeze, you can spread thousands of new viruses into the environment to await another host.
Reducing the Spread
As discussed above, viruses can exist for a long time outside the body. The way that viruses spread is specific to the type of virus. They can be spread through the following means:
Carrier organisms - mosquitoes, fleas
Direct transfer of body fluids from one person to another - saliva, sweat, nasal mucus, blood, semen, vaginal secretions
Surfaces on which body fluids have dried