End all medicinal practices. Revert to witch craft. #magic2014
@Fvckit Bucket, No need, have enough cabbage in your diet and you'll never get sick ever again
@Cabbage Salesman, distribute it to the masses right? That's what cabbage corp. is for
@Fvckit Bucket, its ok, im a resto druid.
@Cabbage Salesman, you deserve more upvotes for that
This is referring to how people just assume antibiotics treat everything. They only treat bacterial infections, not viral infections. Viruses are not technically alive, and therefore can't be killed. They are removed by immunoglobulins (antibodies)
@explained, the reason they aren't effected is because they reproduce inside our cells, so we can't 'kill' them without killing our cells
@Archmage Araketh, No.
@Archmage Araketh, that's not why. Viruses are not cells contained within a membrane. They are essentially complex protein structures that replicate by hijacking other cell's secretion machinery. Therefore, since they cannot self replicate, they are not "living." They are also very small in comparison to cells.
@Archmage Araketh, antibiotics work by destroying cell walls, viruses have no cell walls
@Exotic Xer, Many antibiotics target MUCH more than simply the cell wall, so your statement is only a partial truth. Viruses are "intracellular parasites" that don't utilize the same mechanisms as host cells so they are directly unaffected by antibiotics.
@cddisk123, ehh high school bio doesn't go thru much sorry :p
@Exotic Xer, Ah, I see. All is forgiven! Haha. I'm a microbiologist and virology graduate working in a virology lab, so I can attest that high school biology isn't very comprehensive. There is so much high school doesn't teach you lol
@explained, Just a quick addition. Some viruses do have a membrane that is derived from the host celled, called the envelope. However, it is definitely true that antibiotics will not affect even an enveloped virus because it doesn't replicate outside the cell.
@FFCrisisC, If we develop a drug that stops viral protein production, because it is using the same machinery we normally use, we would in effect be killing all our cells, not just the ones that have viruses in them. These types of drugs would be way to toxic to our healthy cells.
Some of my friends are nurses. They totally agree with this gut
Is this Politics Pics? Or Funny Pics?
@CltrAltDelicious , *closes app, double clicks* "Welcome back, I shjt you not" Looks like Funny Pics to me
@CltrAltDelicious, this isn't really politics
@CltrAltDelicious , Apparently, it's science pics, because this is more scientific than political.
@CltrAltDelicious , it's not politics...
Informative. It's true. Antibiotics are good for infections, not viruses. You just have to drink fluids and let the virus die naturally
I remember the first day of biology I accidentally called E. coli a virus thinking it was Ebola... My teacher still thinks I'm an idiot
I'm allergic to antibiotics
Antibiotics only take care of bacterial infections. Viruses are not bacteria. Without any bad bacteria to get rid of, the antibiotics will get rid of the bacteria that your body needs, which is not good. To get rid of a viral infection, you can take medicine to weaken symptoms, drink water, and wait for it to go away.
I'm jelly of this dudes facial hair
Not really on the subject of viruses, but a friend of mine honest to god though that decongestant would help with his seasonal allergies, and had no clue what antihistamine was
Haven't seen this meme in a while