It’s getting close to that time of the year again, when the flu starts to wreak havoc. And so, with the help of NPR’s Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky, we’re taking an animated look at what actually happens when a virus invades your body and tricks a single cell into making a million more viruses, and how your immune system eventually deals with the whole mess. It’s a nice demystification of phenomena that affects our everyday lives. If you feel inclined to get a flu shot after watching this clip, I can’t say that I blame you.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox. And if you want to make sure that our posts definitely appear in your Facebook newsfeed, just follow these simple steps.
What Makes Us Tick? Free Stanford Biology Course by Robert Sapolsky Offers Answers
Carl Sagan Explains Evolution in an Eight-Minute Animation
What Zycam, zinc and only a very few drugs and herbs do is block the virus from locking their key onto a cell receptor. When that happens the virus tends to die.