Although I’m writing this at a time when COVID-19 is spreading its tentacles around the globe, this advice offers defense against any virus, whether various strains of flu, or simply the common cold.
Let’s have a look at what a virus actually is. A virus has a protein covering with a center core of nucleic acids, either RNA or DNA. They are known as tiny parasites and can stay active on surfaces, sometimes up to days.
What’s the difference between a virus and a bacterium?
To start with there is the difference is in size; viruses are typically much tinier than bacteria. A virus is not a living organism, it needs a living host, for example a human cell to survive. All viruses can cause disease whereas some bacteria are harmless and some even beneficial. Bacteria are considered living organisms that exist in large numbers, even inside the human body. The digestive tract, for example contains millions of bacteria, some of which are necessary for digestion.
It is much easier to protect against or fight infections caused by harmful bacteria. A dose of antibiotics typically cures most infections of this type, whereas antibiotics have no effect whatsoever against viruses.
How can we best protect ourselves from viral infections?
Hygiene habits such as hand-washing and not touching your eyes, nose or face are especially important, and indeed, most of us know this by now. Soap is the best prevention again viruses. Keeping a safe distance from infected people also keep us from being infected.
But there are other things that people may not think about, and this is what I want to address here. Continue reading “How to Protect Yourself from ALL Viruses – including Coronavirus”