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An artist’s depiction of a virus particle covered with spike proteins (here colored orange-red). Those spikes bind to cells and help the virus release its genetic material to infect them.

When you're stricken by the flu the cells of your body manufacture viruses. Inside the cell the pressure is greater than the fluids surrounding the cell. This pressure difference is what pushes the virus through the cell membrane. It's a one way process as the pressure outside the cell is insufficient to force the virus back into a cell, sensationalized spikes aside.

The capsule and spikes of the coronavirus are made of protein. Protein is made of amino acids. Inside the capsule is a string of DNA or RNA, whatever, in either case the "A" stands for "acid." Now do you get it! Of course not?

Most people are overly acidic even when not suffering with the flu. When they do have the flu the cells make viruses to deal with the acidic toxins that has built up within them. The capsule with the spikes is essentially a trash can made of trash while it contents is just more extraneous acidic flotsam and not some plot to commandeer a cell and replicate itself.

The spikes are like a burr that keep the virus from wandering and makes it an easy target for a T-cell. T-cells don't hunt by sight, scent or sound they crawl all over everything like ants at a picnic and when they come across a spikey virus they have enough brains to latch on to and get rid of it.