Differences between virus and bacteria: Facts for kids [How to stay healthy]


Hi I’m Leticia and in this episode of Kids
Love Learning we are going to talk about the differences between a virus and bacteria so let get to it. Before we discuss their differences let’s
first talk about what a virus and bacteria have in common. They are both microbes and can cause infectious diseases They are both microscopic, meaning you can’t see them with the naked eye and they both want to multiply. Now how are they different? Well for start a bacteria is a single cell organism that can survive independently. A virus requires a host in order to survive as they are not cells. Virus are just a chain of DNA. A virus is much smaller than bacteria and
can invade pretty much any living creature, like us humans. Once a virus finds a host, they invades their cells and use it to multiply. Virus can survive long outside their host. Most viruses can only survive a few seconds but some can survive for a few minutes. Bacteria is present all around us and most
often don’t cause infections. Actually some bacteria are good for us, like the gut bacteria that helps us to digest our food. Bacteria multiply by dividing into two and
don’t require a host’s cell to do it, just the right temperature and nutrients. The flu is an example of a disease caused
by viruses and food poisoning is an example of a disease caused by bacteria. Diseases caused by virus normally last between 2 to 10 days. Diseases caused by bacteria normally last longer. You can kill a bacteria by interfering with
its internal biological functions, with antibiotics for example, but it’s difficult to kill a virus with medication. There are some drugs that kill virus but they are developed for a specific type of virus. Most of the time the hosts rely on their immune
system to kill viruses. Good hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Always wash your hands before eating and after going to the toilet, cover your mouth when you sneeze and make sure to disinfect wounds. These are just some ways you can help stop spreading diseases but ask your doctor or school nurse for other tips on how to stay healthy. That’s it! The main differences between
virus and bacteria. Do you have any tips on how to prevent the
spread of infectious diseases? If so leave a comment down below so we can all stay healthy together. See you next time!

1 thought on “Differences between virus and bacteria: Facts for kids [How to stay healthy]

  • Oi, Lelê! Seus vídeos são ótimos, está de parabéns!!! E por falar em bactérias…existe um alimento chamado Kefir que basicamente são bactérias boas e quando o consumimos traz muitos benefícios, como por exemplo, aumenta nossa imunidade e ajuda nosso organismo a manter equilibrada as bactérias boas e as ruins, evitando que fiquemos doentes. Depois pesquisa com papai e mamãe, é bem legal, até o jeito de "prepará-lo". Beijos em todos! 😘😘

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