> Are viruses considered alive?
> Then how could we kill them?
Destroy them, or destroy their functionality. Fortunately our adaptive immune system can do those things.
> Which came first, man or virus?
Viruses, of course. "Bacteriophage" viruses have plagued bacteria for billions of years.
> Why do you think viruses infect humans the way they do?
It's chemistry that results in more viruses being made to keep doing it.
> Do you think there would be an advantage to killing its host?
o Bacteria: yes. The lysis of the host cell releases the bacteriophages into the environment so that they can go and infect other bacteria that haven't already been infected.
o Human: no. When the human host dies, he's no longer running around infecting other people.
> What have you learned about the viruses that might prevent you from getting sick with one of them?
Avoid other people. They might be contagious.
o Avoid anyone who gives any appearance of being ill.
o Avoid air travel, or being in any location that recirculates air.
o Stay away from schools, supermarkets, workplaces, where there might be someone who is sick
o Don't share utensils or food
> If you were to get sick, which virus is most likely to make you miserable but the illness would be self-limited?
The rhinoviruses that cause "the common cold."