Viruses, Viruses, and Viruses

By: Sameer and Elaine, 1st period

Basic Information About Viruses


This basic structure of a virusesMade of DNA or RNA, a protein coat called a capsid, and enzymes.

-What They Do To Cells and How They Reproduce

They infect the cell with their DNA or RNA. Once they inject the cell with their DNA or RNA the host cells starts to produce viruses parts. After the host cell produces enough viruses it dies.


The size of a viruses is very small compared to the animal, plant, or bacteria cell they are injecting. The only way to see a viruses is by an electron microscope.

-Why They Aren't Cells

Viruses aren't cells because they lack metabolism and can't reproduce by themselves. They also aren't cellular and therefore don't have a cellular structure. They can't move and can't perform respiration. They are also not able to eat.

The Chicken Pox


The disease in chicken pox.


The chicken pox are caused by the virus varicella-zoster.


Common Symtoms for the chicken pox are blisters, pus, headaches, itching, and a sore throat. Some skin Symtoms on the skin is red spots, red rashes, and scabs. Other Symtoms are a fever, fatigue, or a loss of appetite.

-How It's Spread

Chicken pox can be given or spread by social or physical contact. It could be with a person or an object.

-Is it Fatal

Getting the chicken pox are very rare. About 20k-200k people in the U.S. Get it a year. It is very contagious but, it only last about a few weeks.


Some treatments are Acyclovir and valaciclovir. You vp can also take Tylenol. Some soothing remedies are oatmeal baths, moisturizer, and calamine.