A simple mental model of a viral infection is that an infected cell emits a lot of virions and eventually dies. The emitted virions have a chance of infecting other cells. Nearby cells are at a higher risk of infection.
Based on this model, if one cell in my nose gets infected, I would expect a large part of my nose to be destroyed, as the infection spreads and destroys more and more cells in the same area.
This does not happen! I survived a number of infections and still have my nose. Why?
I know there are "flesh eating" bacteria. Why isn't this the norm for infections? Does a common cold virus or SARS-CoV-2 not infect a lot of cells within the same area?