Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Getting a cold works like space travel?

I am having the sniffles. My head is heavy, eyes are droopy, throat is ticklish and my legs are weak. Yes, I have a cold. The best remedy for a cold? Plenty of rest.

I came across this website that explains to kids what a cold is. So, if you ever need to explain it to your kids, here’s what you can tell them:

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system. This just means it affects the nose, throat, and ears. A cold virus gets inside your body and makes you sick.

Fortunately, your body already has the best cold cure - your immune system. The immune system defends your body against illness. White blood cells are the immune system's main warriors. They're your own private army working to help you feel better.

Mucus is the wet, slimy stuff inside the nose. When someone sneezes or coughs, mucus drops float in the air. Breathing in these droplets can spread a cold from one person to another. You can also catch a cold if you touch your eyes or nose after handling something with cold viruses on it.

Getting a cold works like space travel - the virus actually has docking points that stick to the inside of your nose - just like a small spaceship attaching to a mother ship! The virus takes over the cells lining the nose and begins creating more viruses.

White blood cells charge to the nose's rescue and cause cold symptoms, while also killing the virus that caused the cold. Runny noses and sneezing actually help to prevent viruses from invading other parts of your body.

You sneeze because your nerves detect the irritation in your nose and get the lungs to push a blast of air out through your nose and mouth. Your body can sneeze over 100 miles an hour (161 kilometers per hour) - faster than a car travels on the road!


The Real Mother Hen said...

Getting a cold works like space travel??? Spaceship and Mother Ship??? Wow! Don't know that illness can be described this way :)

Unknown said...

Sorry you have a cold. :-) I hope that you feel better soon.

Long time no see/hear. :-(


Blur Ting said...

Hey Dave
Thanks for reading my blog! Yup, it's been a long time...