This animation will show how you get a cold.
A cold is a viral illness which usually lasts for about one week.
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Cold viruses, such as the rhinovirus and coronavirus, are taken into the body when you breathe them
in from the air, or when you touch surfaces which have the virus on them and then touch
your mouth, nose or eyes. You can also get cold viruses from close or
direct contact with someone with the virus. By kissing someone with the virus for example.
The eyes, nose, mouth and airways are all connected.
Cold viruses can pass through these tubes and cavities to cause the symptoms of a cold.
Cold viruses grow in soft, warm surfaces, such as your nose, throat, sinuses or airways.
Infection with a cold virus causes the immune system to produce antibodies which attach
to the virus and destroy it. Your body also makes mucus which traps the
virus. You may swallow the viruses so they are destroyed
by the acid in your stomach or they may be removed when you blow your nose.
Excess mucus production causes the symptoms of a blocked nose, sneezing and coughing.
You may also have a headache which may be caused by the pressure in the sinuses blocked
with mucus. Your body gradually fights the infection so
you feel better after about a week. This is the end of the animation.
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