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Introduction to Viral & Bacterial Infections - Chapter Summary
This collection of lessons provides a high-level overview of different types of viral and bacterial infections. Our expert instructors will educate you on essential components and characteristics of viruses and bacteria. You'll also examine antibiotic-resistant bacteria and learn the differences between bacterial and viral infections
These convenient lessons allow you to quickly learn important definitions pertaining to bacteria and viruses. Each lesson comes with a short self-assessment quiz that helps you test your knowledge of the material. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and you can study these resources at any time that fits your schedule.
How It Helps
This chapter on viral and bacterial infections helps public school teachers meet their school district's compliance requirements for bloodborne pathogens. These lessons help teachers learn or reinforce their knowledge of viruses and bacteria, which is necessary when managing students. The lessons can also help healthcare professionals enhance their viral and bacterial knowledge as a way to supplement their current jobs.
After completing the lessons in this chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Understand what different types of viruses are made of
- Outline a virus' lifecycle
- Define the characteristics of bacteria
- List differences between bacterial and viral infections
- Know which pathogens are resistant to antibiotics
1. What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function
In this lesson, you'll learn some historical facts about viruses and the material they are composed of. Find out more as we review the capsid, nucleic acids, the viral envelope, viruses, virions, bacteriophages and virology.
2. The Life Cycle of a Virus: How Viruses Live, Attack & Replicate
Find out how viruses infect and replicate as we explore the important steps of the virus life cycle, including attachment, uncoating, penetration, replication, and release, as well as the lysogenic and lytic cycles.
3. What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will introduce the Bacteria, a large and diverse group of microorganisms. We will examine several key characteristics, as well as a few commonly known examples of bacterial species.
4. Difference Between Viral & Bacterial Infections
This lesson is on viral versus bacterial infections. In this lesson we'll cover what a virus is and how it is different from a bacterium. We'll also go over examples of viral and bacterial infections.
5. MRSA and Multi-Drug Resistant Pathogens
We've learned a lot about different kinds of antibiotics and how they work. But there are some pathogens that virtually no antibiotics work against. In this lesson, we learn about two of these pathogens, and how they threaten to take us back to a pre-antibiotic era.
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