This massive panic… it got me thinking. I’m trying my best to keep my focus away from becoming even more panic neurotic person than I already am.
No, getting a viral infection is not good. But that doesn’t mean all viruses are bad. Some of them are beneficial in human health and in agriculture.
Norovirus, for example, can replace the beneficial effects of certain gut bacteria when these have been decimated by antibiotics. Excessive antibiotic intake can kill the normal gut flora, and make one vulnerable to gastrointestinal disease, but norovirus infection can actually restore the normal function of the immune system’s lymphocytes and the normal morphology of the intestine.
There are also some benefits of Mammalian viruses, which can provide immunity against bacterial pathogens. Gamma-herpesviruses boost mice resistance to Listeria monocytogenes, and to Yersinia pestis (also known as the plague).
Latent herpesviruses also arm natural killer cells, which kill both mammalian tumor cells, and cells that are infected with pathogenic viruses.
I can’t see anything good in the coronavirus though, and people getting sick. But it’s never good to focus only on the bad things, no matter the situation.
Feel free to share your own thoughts about the viruses in the comments below.