Medical Billing Solutions- The pandemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic disease (COVID-19) has negatively affected millions of people around the globe. But what exactly are viruses? And why do they matter?

Viruses are one classification of microorganisms that can be found on Earth. The smallest of all microorganisms, millions of viruses could fit on the head of a pin. Some microorganisms are beneficial, but some can be pathogenic (i.e., infectious).

Viruses are remarkably diverse and have been found everywhere on Earth. Where they originated is debated vigorously in the scientific community, with some people suggesting that they came from genetic elements that developed an ability to move between cells; others positing that they are remnants of cellular organisms; and others still proposing that they predate or coevolved with cellular hosts. Some believe that none of these is the correct theory of virus origination; some believe it is a combination; some believe the question of origin remains unanswered.

Viruses have a core of genetic material—either DNA or RNA—that is surrounded by a protective coating of protein. They can only live inside the cells of other living things. Viruses have the ability to attach or adhere to these cells and to penetrate them—they use the cells as hosts for replicating their own genetic material because viruses have no purpose except to produce more viruses. They often kill the host cells during this replication; but in the cells that survive, the virus goes through a process of budding or bursting out of the host cells upon completion of the replication process.

Viruses are significant because they transfer genes between different species in nature, thereby increasing genetic diversity and advancing evolution. They are also important to the study of molecular and cell biology which help us understand the genes and genetic interactions, as well as mutations. Further, studying viruses helps researchers concerned with human cell function and the creation of effective medications for human use.

But viruses are more commonly recognized as microorganisms that cause chronic infections and/or disease, which happens when they continue replicating in the body despite the defense mechanisms of the host (i.e., the immune system). While bacteria have certain components that can be treated and killed by antibiotic medicines, viruses cannot be treated in the same way; this is because viruses have different components that only antiviral medications or vaccines can eradicate. Viruses treated with such medications/vaccines can be avoided or can have the severity of illness reduced.


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Written by: Erika Mehlhaff