What Are The Differences Between Bacteria and Viruses?
- On March 26, 2020
We have been seeing a tsunami of information and articles online about the second wave of COVID-19. While reading these articles, it is prominent to understand the value between bacteria and viruses.
We want to attempt to make this a bit more simple. We will start with an extremely basic overview of bacteria vs viruses.
Bacteria are organisms with just one cell.
Most bacteria are not harmful, but those few that are can cause some nasty infections, including strep throat, tuberculosis, and urinary tract infections. When viewed through a microscope, they look like rods, balls, or spirals. The problem with bacteria is that, given the right circumstances and environment, they can multiply very quickly.
Viruses cannot live without a host, and they use other organisms, such as a human, as their hosts.
Being smaller than bacteria, viruses attach themselves to other living cells and use that cell’s genetic material to reproduce. Viruses cause diseases like the common cold, herpes, shingles, measles, chickenpox and AIDS.