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What is a virus?

Lets keep this straight forward and minimal. So what exactly is a virus...Is it alive or...

Let’s begin with the medical facts

By medical definition, a virus is a nonliving, submicroscopic series of molecules that is surrounded by a protein exterior consisting of RNA or DNA core of genetic material which is capable of replicating itself ONLY when inside another living organism.

A virus is NOT a living organism by definition and neither is it mobile but rather more akin to a ‘hitch-hiker’ or opportunistic. Thus, its mobility is dependent upon it being moved around versus moving autonomously. Given the opportunity, it can attach itself upon contact to the skin, clothing, plastic, cardboard, metal and alike.

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