posted on Aug, 10 2020 @ 06:59 PM
a reply to: Ahabstar
That is a good point but Virus unlike cell's are unable to self replicate, unable to convert raw materials into energy (eat) so are they life
form's?, they are parasitic and need host cell's that they are compatible with and once they get into that compatible cell they then hijack it and
turn it into a virus factory - the cell whose genetic code has then been hijacked will continue to produce copy's of the virus within itself until it
then dies and these new copies of the virus are released to infect other cell's.
Nasty little buggers.
You make a very good point about the mask's harbouring virus, that is why disposable masks such as are worn in hospitals are a boon and indeed it is
a fact that simply face scarves and other impromptu re-usable face covering's and non reusable mask's may be a very bad idea - but really it has to be
said only if they are worn by more than one person and that is like someone sharing there underwear it is not very common except perhaps in some
family's that don't have good personal hygiene.
Your average cell is thousands or even millions of time's larger than a virus and consists of a surrounding membrane we call a cell wall, this is
filled with a saline solution we call cytoplasm and at it's core is the nucleus that contains the cell's DNA, as well as the nucleus there are many
other structures in the cytoplasm of a complex cell such as mitochondria which have there own genetic material and produce the cell's energy.
A Virus is quite different, it consists of a protein sheath which surround's and protects a strand of genetic material, this protein sheaf has
Enzymes built into it that help it to pass through the wall's of compatible cell's and also help it to integrate it's genetic package (the really
nasty bit) into the cell's own genetic code were it then takes over and hijack's the cell.
Not all virus are our enemy's and in fact the overwhelming majority of them are beneficial, some of them called Bacteriophage limit the numbers of
bacteria and some could even be used if they were ever properly researched in treating bacterial infections as a new form of antibiotic's - but of
course they can mutate.
Our immune system recognizes dangerous virus by there protein sheath, if it is a novel virus our immune response may not recognize it until it has
infected enough of our cell's to make us ill and then it has to fight against the growing number of virus copy's erupting from dying infected cell's,
if our immune response is too slow we die or become seriously injured with in the case of this disease long term damage to our respiratory tract.
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