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Al asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 2 months ago

what is the difference between a germ and a virus?

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if my immune system is at 100% by taking vitamins, will I be immune to both

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  • 2 months ago

    "germ" is not a technical term, it is just a word to cover all things like viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses.

    Taking vitamins will not make your immune system 100%.

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  • 2 months ago

    you can wash germs away, virus you become sick

    • Ted K
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      2 months agoReport

      ??

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  • MARK
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    2 months ago

    There is no difference. Germ is a non-technical term that is used in a generic manner to describe any organism that is capable of causing disease. It would usually cover viruses and bacteria.

    A virus consists of nucleic acid and is inside its host cell. It takes over that cell to produce virions. The latter term refers to the full intact particle that attaches to cells and infects them. It consists of nucleic acid, a protein shell and may have an outer envelope derived from the membrane of the cell in which it was manufactured. The virion attaches to the cell it is to infect. It 'injects' it nucleic acid into the cell, and that is then called the virus.

    Germ is not a term that healthcare professionals and biologists use.

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  • 2 months ago

    germ is like the word bug.  it is pretty generic and doesn't say much specific about the thing.  Even the word bug is more specific in biology than it is to the typical person.  So, a germ (which strictly speaking refers to a "seed") is just something that can invade and grow inside the body.

    The immune system, even at "100%" (whatever than means), is not perfect.  vitamins or not.

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  • 2 months ago

    We'll find out Wednesday.

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  • 2 months ago

    A germ is an animate being. A virus isn't. So your second question makes no sense...

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A germ can be a bacteria or a virus. 

    • Yes, it can. It can also be stored, for later use.

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