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Having a fever is a self-defense mechanism

Having a fever is a self-defense mechanism Having a fever is a self-defense mechanism
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An increase of only a degree or so in body temperature has been shown to slow the replication rate of viruses by a factor of two hundred—an astonishing increase in self-defense from only a very modest rise in warmth [...]

If elevating our temperatue a degree or two is so helpful at fending off invading microbes, then why not raise it permanently? The answer is that it is just too costly. If we were to raise our body temperature permanently by only 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit, our enegy requirements would shoot up by about 20 percent [...] Just look at how swifly [microbes] swarm in and devour you when you die. That's because your lifeless body falls to a delicious come-and-get-it temperature, like a pie left to cool on a windowsill.

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