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What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Different germ types

Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc.
.. Treatment is with "antibiotics", but the exact term should be "antibacterials". Viruses are much smaller, and cannot reproduce on their own. Viruses have to invade other cells, such as our own cells, and use those cells to make new viruses. Anti-virals are used to stop viruses.

In brief: Different germ types

Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc.
.. Treatment is with "antibiotics", but the exact term should be "antibacterials". Viruses are much smaller, and cannot reproduce on their own. Viruses have to invade other cells, such as our own cells, and use those cells to make new viruses. Anti-virals are used to stop viruses.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Hasan Noubani
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Different treatment

Bacterial infections usually responds to antibiotics however the viral infection does not.
The presentations and the course are different.

In brief: Different treatment

Bacterial infections usually responds to antibiotics however the viral infection does not.
The presentations and the course are different.
Dr. Hasan Noubani
Dr. Hasan Noubani
Thank
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