Viruses, Diseases, & Germs, Oh my!

by Helena Herndon

BACTERIA

  • microscopic single-cell organisms (prokaryotes)
  • have DNA/RNA
  • can reproduce with binary fission
  • live in human guts, soil, oceans, etc
  • can be helpful or harmful
  • causes infections and is treated with antibiotics

Diseases

  • affects an organ or bodily system and then spreads throughout the body
  • has specific signs or symptoms
  • a condition of the body
  • can be caused by a virus or bacteria

Viruses

  • a microscopic parasite made of Genetic Material (DNA/RNA)
  • DO NOT contain a cell
  • cannot reproduce, need a host cell
  • can only be "cured" by altering DNA or your immune system fighting it off

EXAMPLES

Viruses + Bacteria can cause Disease... So what can I do to not get sick?

  • Passed in air, water, food, surfaces, and bodily fluids
  • You can be exposed to a viruses, but your immune system can fight it off!
  • To keep your immune system healthy: eat healthy, exercise, get lots of sleep

Works Cited

Swanson, D. (n.d.). What's the difference between a bacterial and viral infection?

Retrieved April 03, 2016, from http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/difference-between-bacterial-and-viral-infection.htm


Vidyasagar, A. (2016, January 05). What Are Viruses? Retrieved April 03, 2016, from

http://www.livescience.com/53272-what-is-a-virus.html


Viruses/Infectious Diseases: What's Really Bugging You? (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2016,

from http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/virusesinfectious-diseases-whats-really-bugging-you/


Vidyasagar, A. (2015). What Are Bacteria? Retrieved April 10, 2016, from http://www.livescience.com/51641-bacteria.html