The Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses
Virus Basics
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Virus Basics

This is where you will read what a host is, how viruses infect, types of infections, and what exactly is an infection. The reading is technical, so there are guidelines given here to help sort through the most technical reading. General understanding is the goal. Each section is short. This is a GED activity.

Take notes on paper while you read. This will help you to sort out the main points of each section. Note taking experience will help you in a job, in college, even in the doctor's office. If you can take notes that pick out the main points of information given, you will have a useful tool in life.

Ask permission to print out this page so you can read the directions below once you arrive at the virus site.

If you are working on this site alone, stop after each section and decide what the main point of that section is. Try to make a picture in your mind of what is being said. Decide what you think is amazing in each section. Do you have questions? Ask your teacher or someone else who could read this with you. Then, make a list with colored pencils or markers of an amazing fact for each section you read. Or you could draw a picture of each one or just THE fact that was most amazing. Have fun. Infect yourself with virus knowledge!

  • Click on the link at the top of the page.
  • Click on the small yellow word, Enter, at the bottom of the page.
  • Click on Virus Basics
  • There is a small box, to the right, which is the Table of Contents. Click on The Host.
  • Read the four paragraphs, The Host .

There are three main points.

  1. There are three types of viruses: ________________, ____________,
  2. Viruses are picky about the cell they want to ____________________.
  3. The virus has to be able to attach itself securely to the ___________ in order to infect the cell.
  • Click on the small yellow words, next page, at the bottom of the page.
  • Read the one paragraph, How Viruses Infect.
    There are three main points.
    1. A virus can lie dormant __________________.
    2. A virus injects it's own DNA, genetic makeup, into a host cell. The host cell becomes a _______________________.
    3. Host cells are generally ______. However, sometimes they are not ______, but they are so damaged,they soon die.
  • Click on the small yellow words, "next page", at the bottom of the page.
  • Read the one paragraph, Types of Infections.
    There are three types of infections.
      1. _________infections which are harmless and do little damage to the cells.
      2. ________ infections which may not damage the hosts, but interfere with their functions, illnesses and diseases return again and again.
      3. ________ infections continue for a long time and often cause disease that kills.
  • Read the next section, three paragraphs, same page, What's An Infection? Read ONLY the third paragraph . This tells the basic story. If more information is wanted about DNA and RNA, that will be found in paragraphs one and two.
    1. Viruses pour their own ___________________ into the host cell. The host cell can't produce what it needs to live and it produces what the virus needs to live.
    2. One host cell can ______________ many new virus cells.
    3. The fastest virus only needs ______ MINUTES to begin producing new virus cells.
    4. Cells are ____________ and destroyed with each new active and mature __________cell.

These basic terms and concepts are used in the follow up movie, Outbreak. The term, host, will become real, in this movie. Understanding that viruses infect in different ways is real in this movie. The horror of a mutating virus will be more understandable, in the movie, after reading this section on Virus Basics. Viruses are truly awesome.

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