During the fall and winter seasons, viruses and illnesses become a main focus of health problems. Viruses can be found on or in just about every material and environment on Earth; this prevalence makes contracting viruses effortless.
- Virus comes from the Latin word for “poison” or “slimy liquid,” an apt descriptor for the bug that causes flu and the common cold.
- Viruses are not living organisms.
- Viruses depend on cells to replicate.
- Viruses are already known to infect humans, animals, plants, fungi, protozoa, archaea, and bacteria.
- Some viral proteins do some good. For instance, they may help protect you from other viruses that could do harm.
The structure of a virus includes an envelope constituted by proteins and genetic material of DNA or RNA. All of these components are thermo-sensible. The genetic material and the proteins have complex structures regulating their function and change in this structure may result in a loss of function known as denaturizing.
There are two basic means by which denaturing occurs: a change in PH or temperature. In many cases of airborne viruses, high temperatures inhibit the release of proteins necessary for the success of the infection.