by Charles K. Bens, Ph.D., The Waking Times:
What are viruses?
Viruses are very tiny germs; much smaller than bacteria. They are made up of genetic material with an outside protein exterior. They have some very unique characteristics.
- They are not able to make protein like some other cells.
- They are totally dependent on their host for survival.
- They can only reproduce while inside of a host cell.
- A strong immune system can keep viruses from multiplying.
- In a compromised immune system, the virus inserts its genetic material into a cell and begins to produce more virus in the host cell.
- Each virus has a unique shape, and is attracted to very specific organs in the body, such as the liver, lungs or even our blood.