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What Are The Differences Between Bacteria and Viruses?

by Jon Hodge March 26, 2020

What Are The Differences Between Bacteria and Viruses?

We have been seeing a tsunami of information and articles online about the COVID-19 pandemic situation. A lot of this content is extremely scholarly, and often can be a bit too much for those who do not know much about these scientific terms.

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. 


We will continue to attempt to break down different elements of this situation. Our next article will tackle what "Kill Claims" are and how different ingredients work in disinfectants.


With the mass amounts of misinformation being spread about the coronavirus, please, do not believe just anything you read. Check the source to ensure their credibility, where the information is coming from, and do further research. The WHO and CDC are the best places to gather factual information. This is where Roxton Industries gets our constantly updated information, along with reputable and credible news sources. Follow the link below to read where we got our information from!
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