Answering the question Is Swine Flu a virus or bacteria? I have also given more of the differences and used examples.
The question has been asked: Is Swine Flu a virus or bacteria? What is the difference between bacteria and viruses? The short answers are quite good. I would like to expand a bit.
Just for the book, Swine Flu is a VIRUS. It is a new virus though because it is a combination of human, bird and pig genetic materials which have come into contact with each other and have replicated and reproduced copies of themselves from living cells. Birds, pigs or humans, we all have living cells that are necessary for viruses to live.
I love talking about viruses. I try to do some on line counseling for Herpes and Hpv and they are both viruses. I also do a lot of work in the area of HIV and find that although the HIV virus can be a killer, with beneficially proven research and continuous medicine therapy on the part of the patient, even the HIV virus can be kept at bay. Some viruses are smart and with the right tools, as well as aggressive research in the area of viruses, we can control them. Viruses cannot be killed. Bacteria are living organisms and can be killed. Some viruses can only be controlled at best.
Viruses and bacteria are both a type of microbe, invisible to the naked eye.
Bacteria are larger than viruses and bacteria are much more complex than viruses. Bacteria are 100 times larger than viruses. They have to be, to house all the components they must use to reproduce themselves. Bacteria is the plural of bacterium.
You see, bacteria have all the right stuff they need to copy themselves. They have a map or a type of blueprint on how to do this and possess all the right genetic stuff to remake exact copies. A bacterium is totally self-contained and doesnÂ’t need any help from another living body or material. It can multiply and make copies of itself, all by itself, on almost any and all surfaces, including people.
The bacteria can then reproduce and reproduce and reproduce until it is killed off by some type of intervention, such as a chemical agent. This chemical agent can be a bottle of bleach or a prescription of antibiotics. About 99% of all bacterium are harmless to humans, some even help mankind. But the big difference for bacteria is that it doesnÂ’t need a host to live and bacteria is self sufficient.
Viruses, on the other hand, must have assistance from another living organism to reproduce. Viruses are actually hitch hikers. Invaders. Genetic Moochers. They are without the proper genetic tools to make any sort of copies of themselves independently. Viruses hitch a ride on other cells and actually invade them. Yes! Viruses cut little holes into the cell and inject themselves into the cell or the virus can actually be swallowed by the cell. The virus then uses the genetic tools of that cell to reproduce more copies of itself, to make sure that strain of the virus survives. When a virus invades a cell and begins to make copies of itself, the cell get full and actually bursts and many thousands of new copies of that virus emerge and attach themselves to other healthy cells and the whole thing starts over again.
The body may not even know that it has an invader and so offers no antibody (soldier cell) response. By the time the body knows it has been invaded, the virus may have made many, many copies of itself and will be harder to get under control. The first round of medicines used to treat viruses, called Antiviral Drugs, may not even be the correct formation of antiviral agents to best control that virus. Sometimes that can be trial and error.
Viruses also can lie dormant, meaning they sleep or rest somewhere in the host waiting for a suitable opportunity to emerge. Herpes is a virus that can lie dormant for days, months or years before something stirs it to action and it becomes a problem for the host.
Most of the time viruses are just doing their thing. The damage or illness to the host is just an unfortunate side affect for the host and a smorgasbord for the virus.
Researchers and doctors are still attempting to figure out the operating mechanisms of viruses. Antiviral medication can work but can never Â“killÂ” the virus. Antiviral medicines do greatly assist when our own bodyÂ’s antibody response isnÂ’t enough to keep the virus or the reaction to the host at bay. Antiviral drugs suppress the virus making the damage to the host less violent and harmful. A successful vaccination for viruses can only be obtained through continuous research to better understand how viruses work.
Bacteria or virus the result on the patient can be tough. One of the ways to protect yourself against bacteria is to wash, wash, and wash your hands, your children's hands, use gel hand sanitizers and wipes when necessary. Cover the cough. Contain the sneeze.
To protect you from viruses is a bit harder. In regards to avoiding the swine flu virus, hand washing, barrier protection for yourself and others, masking up when you are in populated areas. Eating ham, bacon, sausage or any pig products will not get you the swine flu virus just like NOT eating them will not help you avoid it. Good personal and public health practices are always the best first line of defense.
Viruses of a sexual nature are shed and passed on through blood, body fluids; semen and vaginal fluids and sharing articles contaminated with that virus. Do not share or reuse needles for any purpose. If you are intimate with someone who has a virus (that you may not want to share) use barrier methods such as a female condom or a regular male condom. Know that these are not 100% affective against viruses because there are still areas left uncovered and all it takes it skin to skin contact and an open portal such as a cut, open pore or the microscopic rips and tears we experience when we have sexual intercourse and a virus can enter your body.Â My advice on this one is to know your sexual partners and have total and honest communication before intimacy.
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