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Colds, the Flu, and You

November 8, 2019

When it gets cold outside, it’s time to
bundle up and take good care of yourself. Because cold-weather time is cold and flu
season! You’ve heard of colds — everyone gets them! That’s when you get sneezy, and cough-y,
and maybe you’re running a temperature. The flu is just another kind of cold, and
it’s really no fun — it makes you feel achy and sore, and hot, and all-around
miserable. But have you ever wondered what causes a cold
and the flu? Well, they’re both caused by something called
a virus. Viruses are very small…too small to see
even with most microscopes. They can make a big difference in your body,
though, because they can make you sick! [Squeaks squeaks] Yes, Squeaks, since viruses can make us sick,
we sometimes call them germs. But, not all germs are viruses… but the ones that can cause the flu and colds definitely are! Now, in order to make you sick, the flu virus
has to get into your body first. It usually gets in through our nose…our
mouth…or our eyes. And once it gets in…the virus starts to
make copies of itself until there are lots and lots of them in there. But don’t worry! Your body has lots of ways to fight back! It might seem kind of weird, but sometimes
it’s the things that your body does to fight the virus and other germs that makes you feel kind of yucky. Take, for example, mucus …that’s the sticky,
runny stuff that comes out of your nose. Your bodies makes mucus to trap the flu virus
and other germs that are in your nose and mouth. When mucus runs out your nose, it carries
the flu virus with it, along with other stuff your body has used to knock them out! Gross, maybe…but it works! When mucus runs down the back of your throat,
after a while it can make it hurt, too — that’s why you sometimes get a sore throat when you’re
sick. But washing out the virus isn’t the only
thing your body can do to fight the flu! Can you think of another thing that most of
do we’re not feeling very well? That’s right, Squeaks – we sneeze! When you sneeze, air comes out of your mouth
and throat really quickly. As the air goes by, it picks up some of the
virus pieces and carries them outside of your body! So sneezing is your body’s way of sending
viruses and other germs on their way! Now, if you’ve ever had the flu, you probably
know what a fever is! A fever is another way that our bodies try
to get rid of the virus. When germs are inside your body, it can make
itself hotter than normal. And guess what? Viruses hate that! Because when it gets hot, it’s harder for
the viruses to make copies of themselves. And /that/ helps your body get rid of germs
more easily! So, your body has lots of cool ways to defend
itself. But what else can you do to make yourself
feel better when you get sick? Well, getting lots of rest is one of the best
things you can do when you’re not feeling well. When you rest, you save energy — and your body can use that energy to get rid of the virus! Another thing you can do is drink a lot. Healthy things like water, some juices, and even soup will give your body the things it needs to help you feeling better soon! Of course, the best thing to do is to not
get sick in the first place. And to help with that, the number one thing
to do is… …wash your hands! A lot! Plain old warm water and soap can go a long
way in keeping you from getting sick. It’s especially important to wash your hands
when you get home from school, or the store. And remember how we said the flu virus often
gets in through your nose, mouth, or eyes? The other thing you can do is to keep your
hands away from these parts of your body as much as you can…even though it can be hard
to remember to do sometimes! And you can also keep of germs from spreading
to other people by covering up your coughs and sneezes! Remember, germs are leaving your body and
going into the air when you cough and sneeze. So, if you can, cover your mouth and nose
with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and then wash your hands. If you can’t get to a tissue in time, then
cough into your elbow instead of your hands. So try to keep clean, and stay healthy, so
you can go outside and enjoy the cold weather! Thanks for joining us on SciShow Kids! Do you have a questions you’d like to ask
us? Let us know by asking a grownup to help you
leave a comment down below, or send us an email to [email protected]!


  • Reply Farah Mousa December 29, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    what a great video 😁😁

  • Reply Cathy December 29, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Jessi truly is great!!! Thank you for all your great videos, SciShow!

  • Reply Kimberley Young December 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    can you be hafe to a animal

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  • Reply Kimberley Young December 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    how do you poop

  • Reply Julianna Smith December 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    awesome resource I use for my kids, they love these videos and learn a lot! thanks!

  • Reply Khaleel Hawkes December 30, 2016 at 2:48 am

    why do we cough cough when we are not sick

  • Reply Khaleel Hawkes December 30, 2016 at 2:49 am


  • Reply April banana December 30, 2016 at 4:04 am

    hi can you make a vid about monkeys becaus i love them

  • Reply roguestatus407 December 30, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Why did squeaks lose its animation?

  • Reply Parvathi Movva December 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Can you do a video of how to take care of your self in cold places

  • Reply BGCUBER December 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the videos. They are very nice

  • Reply dana December 31, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Why can't we find life on another planet?

  • Reply Benjamin Neczaj December 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Hello Jessi and Squesks. My name is Ben and I am 5 years old. I have been watching these videos with my daddy for over a year. My questions are (with some help from my Daddy):
    How do germs not survive outside the body? and how do they make copies of each other?
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Much Love to all, Adam and Ben.

  • Reply Rockar199 January 2, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Why does Earth has to start life

  • Reply DJBsLectures January 4, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Samson (age 3): "how do germs float up into the sky?"

  • Reply justcallmearnie January 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Danielle ( age 7) how do people turn stuff in to toys

  • Reply Victoria Tracey January 4, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    What is chicken pox

  • Reply Curt Daquioag January 9, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Can you make a video about space and the big bang

    And can you make a video about Global warming or Global Cooling!

  • Reply Alexis Curtis January 9, 2017 at 2:43 am

    From 5 year old John: how do lava lamps work?

  • Reply Pinrui Huang January 9, 2017 at 3:04 am

    H1N1, anyone?

  • Reply Asra Khalid January 21, 2017 at 7:22 am

    What is bezel breeding

  • Reply shazia ismail January 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    how do we snore

  • Reply sparklypaw 101 February 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Allison (8 years old) "Why. Do we LAUGH when something funny happened? How does the body do it??"

  • Reply Warda Saeed February 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    how  old    are    you

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  • Reply Jessica Reiche February 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    How does power work? – from a 6 year old

  • Reply Khoe Indriany Wijaya February 18, 2017 at 1:19 am

    how does the black hole form

  • Reply Ace Katsuki March 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    i only get the cold

  • Reply SEVENSPARKLY GALZ March 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    It's my 7th b-day

  • Reply Shoshana Gleit April 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Jonah age 3 wants to know, "Why do people have to have medicine?"

  • Reply Megan Rose May 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    how did the years start

  • Reply SonicTheSkele May 9, 2017 at 12:41 am

    hey I saw your videos at school during science class!

  • Reply SonicTheSkele May 9, 2017 at 12:44 am

    yo and tell robomouse I said hi! I ment squeeks.

  • Reply Jason Halperin June 1, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Hello Jessi and Squeks, I love you. Why do we fart? Is it really air? Excuse me but why does it smell so yucky too? I hope you can answer these important questions. Goodbye, Chaya Leo Chaudhry-Halperin 8 years old.

  • Reply vidya yashod June 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    well, I know how miserable it is if you have flu

  • Reply Darius Cayetano June 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    why do we cogh

  • Reply Lavanya Sriram July 7, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Hey Jessy and squeaks.I'm Smruthika.😊 l LOVE your videos so much!

  • Reply Art Chie July 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

    do you have flu or colds?

  • Reply Amira Gonzales July 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    pps this dec 4 im going to jolibee so be there in my birthday

  • Reply Sofia Belts August 23, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Flus and colds can also make you feel upset

  • Reply Scary Nightmare August 30, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Why do we drink water

  • Reply Chularat Chiarananta September 17, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Then why do we sneeze

  • Reply Hated chanel October 8, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I just sick 6/10/60 or 6/10/17

  • Reply Space Traveler October 10, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Actually Jessie people can get a fever when they have a cold too, but it is rare.

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  • Reply tejeswini pillai November 26, 2017 at 8:49 am

    do you know that i have cough?

  • Reply tejeswini pillai November 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    by the way i like your videos

  • Reply tejeswini pillai November 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    why do we need to wash your hands? that is my question. if you could answer that one then i would like your videos

  • Reply tejeswini pillai November 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    i love you jessi and squeaks

  • Reply tejeswini pillai November 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    i got a vaccine shot and it is not scary

  • Reply Lucas Channel January 20, 2018 at 1:02 am

    My Cousin has the flu :Date: Jan 2018

  • Reply SapphireRose January 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Amazing videos and presenter, very good clear information with fun colourful pictures. Great for kids and adults! I sure have learnt a few things watching these 🙂

  • Reply Jesus Chavez January 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Hi have wants to tell you I think that I have the flu think that you can help me

  • Reply MJ Fletcher January 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    awesome video – captivating for primary and junior and just enough science for intermediate student interest…

  • Reply kay nelson January 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    i have to say that that is right when you gurems you get flu from layth i am 9 years old adios senora .

  • Reply Jigglypuff February 2, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    There are also diseases that contain vomiting. Like scarlet fever.

  • Reply Fire Nation February 7, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Hi I'm Daniel I wonder how the I yon

  • Reply Bendy 6 Years! probably February 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I got sick of allergies. Then the cold. Then the fever. And the worst sickness: the flu. This is the story how I got sick

  • Reply Ayin Orozco March 24, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Why do we vomit

  • Reply flowers of love March 26, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Can you make a video on having a cold for several months and why is is not going.

  • Reply ynaiv1977 March 26, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    What about in in the past in World War II pls

  • Reply Eva Marie March 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Hi! I love your videos! Can you do a video on why baby teeth fall out please? I have lost some and I have been wondering why they fall.

  • Reply Gladys Dominguez June 19, 2018 at 1:57 am

    I had have the flu it is not nice😪

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  • Reply Sining Tadhana August 22, 2018 at 6:32 am

    I'm already a young adult, and I'm trying to think why my mom used to tell me to take a rest and cover myself with a lot of blanket and wear thicker clothes when I have a fever before. Maybe because it's better to raise my body temperature a bit higher to fight germs. Also, she usually tells me that being able to sweat a lot is good to make me feel better faster. I am not just sure if the latter is true at all or true in some ways. I know sweating is good, but I am not sure if it's good to make your body feel better easier when having a cold, fever, or flu. Soups, soft foods, citrus drinks like pure citrus juices, a lot of rest, eating fruits and vegetables, taking hot bath instead of cold one, drinking a lot of water, and also taking some medicine to boost my immune system are all the ways I use to feel better and be healthy again from having a cold or flu. The first things that tell me that I am going to be sick is having a swollen throat, cough, and tonsilitis.

  • Reply Jolene Tan October 22, 2018 at 9:49 am

    How to take out your tongu

  • Reply Meke Nz November 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Good intelligence thing

  • Reply oliveira munoz December 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Hello jassi i am so sick can you help me i cough a lot even at night it Herts a lot i sneez alot i through up 2 times

  • Reply Candice T January 17, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Hello. My name is Caley (pronounced Kay-lee) and I'm 8 years old. I have a question, what causes sore throat? Hope you can make a video on this. Thank you!

  • Reply Ben Rabchuk January 17, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Dante Dante you got to stay with me boy we don’t know where we are

  • Reply Hope Free Youth February 7, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    My kids are wondering if you could tackle the question of "Why do we itch?"

  • Reply Jordan Langness February 7, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    My kids are wondering if you would be able to tackle the question "Why do we itch?"

  • Reply carol utter February 25, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Hello! Noah (6 years old) would like to know where do viruses come from? How are they made?

  • Reply Walaa Elsadig April 13, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    What about vomiting

  • Reply McEshay April 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

    she is hot

  • Reply Javier Pena May 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I have the flu and its bad and i keep puking and diearrhia

  • Reply Connor Warrior July 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    i sometimes dont get my flu shots and yet have never gotten the flu (other then when i was a baby)

  • Reply Sujung Park July 24, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I am so happy that I can watch this video

  • Reply Sujung Park July 24, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I looked 4years of your videos. It is really nice and great to look after your viedo. I'm now 15years and i'm ready to stop watching the video

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  • Reply Kunwar Shahi October 4, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I catch flu.

    I catch NOROVIRUS.
    Me: why I am damned for 2 days

    Also there's a cold bug in my school.

  • Reply Kunwar Shahi October 4, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You have determination to catch flu. USE THE SOULS.

    I'm an undertale fan uwu

  • Reply Kunwar Shahi October 4, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    NHS try to give me flu spray/shot vaccine

    But me and my soul REFUSE.
    I have never had a flu vaccine.

  • Reply Elijah Meep World October 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

    hello jessi and squeaks my name is elyzza i have a question for you guys what is the sticky gunk inside the nose i will now that in the commets

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