Fun Fact March 16, 2020
16 March 2020
Viruses. What the heck are they? A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism, also known as a host. A virus in not a living thing, like bacteria, but is a molecule of RNA or DNA, and in most cases, a pretty weak one. Because it’s not living, like bacteria, a viral infection can not be controlled by antibiotics. Your body is an amazing virus fighting machine and can handle and rid itself of most viruses, if you’re in generally overall good health without underlying medical conditions. Most viruses are effected by heat and cold; too much of either can disrupt the viruses DNA and effectively stop the virus from being able to replicate. Most viruses don’t last long outside of it’s host which is why they are considered a parasite. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms. There are many types of viruses and they are considered the most abundant biological entity on earth. There is not a cure for a virus but vaccination can prevent them from spreading. The common cold is a virus, as a matter of fact it’s in the corona family of viruses. The current Covid-19 virus is a mutation of the common cold virus. The best way to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, avoid people who may be sick and stay home if you are feeling unwell.