What is a Virus?
Viruses are the smallest of all the microbes. So small, in fact, that 500 million rhinoviruses (which cause the common cold) can fit onto the head of a pin. Viruses only exist to make more viruses. On its own, a virus is completely passive. It cannot live, eat or multiply until it enters the cells of other living things. The cell they multiply in is called a host-cell.
There are more than 1400 known viruses
How Viruses Attack
When a virus enters a perspective host, its sole mission is to find a cell to invade so it can proliferate. Think of it like the pieces of a puzzle coming together - a virus has protein molecules on its surface that are unique in size and shape. A cell has receptors on its surface that are also unique in size and shape. The virus moves through the body until it finds a cell whose receptors fit its protein molecules. When a match is made, the virus attaches or fuses itself to the host-cell, successfully tricking the cell into letting it (the enemy) in. The virus proceeds to inject its genetic material into the nucleus of the host-cell, and thus begins the viral takeover.
One virus enters a cell;
millions come out!
Once inside the host-cell, the virus immediately invades the nucleus and forces it to begin manufacturing more viruses. In less than an hour, the cell can produce one hundred new, identical viruses. Within seven hours, the original virus will have replicated itself one hundred thousand times.
When the host-cell becomes filled with its new viruses, the viruses will either bud or burst and leave the host. Budding occurs as the newly formed viruses push against the host-cell’s plasma membrane. A portion of the plasma membrane envelops the virus, becoming a viral envelope and is then released from the cell. This process slowly uses up the host’s cell membrane and usually leads to cell death.
Bursting or Lysis occurs when the host-cell erupts and the new viruses burst out of the host-cell into the body. This causes the host-cell to die. Once the viruses escape, they begin their mission to find new cells to trick and multiply. Before long, the virus will have multiplied millions of times in your body, leaving behind a wake of cellular destruction.
It's easy to see how quickly a person
can become sick from an invading virus!
How Viruses Spread
Colds and the flu are primarily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Tiny droplets from a cough or sneeze will travel through the air into the mouths or noses of people nearby. These droplets can also land on surfaces, like the top of a desk, a doorknob, or a restaurant menu. If someone touches these surfaces, then touches their eyes, nose or mouth before washing their hands, the virus spreads.
There are more than 200 different cold viruses that can live on your body for a few hours. The influenza virus can live on an inanimate object for one to two days. Strep pneumonia can last anywhere from two to four weeks. The longer objects are touched without being washed (think ATMs, gas nozzles, escalator handrails, shopping carts and doorknobs), the higher the risk of someone becoming infected.
What’s in a Sneeze?
When a person infected with the flu virus sneezes, they release as many as 40,000 droplets, each containing as many as 200 million virus particles, blasting out of their nose at speeds over 100 miles an hour.
Did you get that? 40,000 droplets. 200 million virus particles in each droplet. Traveling 100 miles an hour into the air. That means just 1 sneeze from a flu sufferer can spread the virus to an entire room!
Not all droplets stay airborne. The heavier ones fall to surrounding objects where they can survive for days, hoping to be touched by some unsuspecting person. The droplets that fall to the floor can actually become airborne again - Just the airflow from opening a door can pull the viruses back into the air - making a bed can launch viruses off the covers or even walking through a room can stir up viruses off of the floor. Scary right?
Be mindful of your environment!
Viruses - They’re EVERYWHERE!
Anywhere you find people in close proximity to each other there is a greater increase in exposure to influenza and other viruses and you have a much higher chance of getting sick. Public transportation, movie theaters, cruise ships, schools, gyms, airports, grocery stores and other places where groups of people gather are hotbeds for germs and viruses.
Everyday items such as your computer keyboard, car keys, purse, cell phone, money, children’s backpack, pets, and the like are constantly bombarded with pathogens.
With so many sources of contamination, you may unknowingly bring a virus home and infect yourself, your friends, and your family.
Time to get protected!
Help Stop Viral Replication
Each of us is exposed to viruses every day. Now you know how a virus attaches or fuses itself to a cell and how it injects its own genetic material into that cell so it can make more viruses, but did you know there may be a way to actually stop the viral infusion and replication process? Trace Botanicals® Daily Dirt interferes with the virus’s ability to attach to the cell by putting a protective barrier over the surface of the virus - kind of like throwing a blanket over it. In the scientific community, this interference is known as Viral Fusion Inhibition or (“VFI”).
By covering the virus, it can no longer attach itself to the cell. If it cannot attach, it can’t gain entry. If it can’t gain entry, the virus cannot multiply. If it cannot multiply, you can succeed in arresting the infection.
Improve resistance to
infections, disease, colds, and flu
Those who take Daily Dirt on a regular basis may not even know they were exposed to a virus. VFI can potentially stop the symptoms of being sick from actually developing.
If you are already infected, taking Daily Dirt may shorten the duration of the outbreak, lower the severity of the illness, and inhibit a new generation of viruses released from the host cell from attacking other healthy cells.
Using Daily Dirt on a daily basis may also help minimize the chances of latent viral outbreaks such as cold sores, genital herpes and shingles. Daily Dirt lowers the body’s viral load over time, resulting in a decrease in the severity of symptoms, duration, and frequency of outbreaks. As the viral population (viral load) drops to the undetectable level, the associated symptoms stop.
You only have one body...
Help it to stay healthy!
Trace Botanicals® Daily Dirt