What is a bacterial strain

Viruses or Bacteria - What's the Difference?

Diseases caused by bacteria and viruses - antibiotics don't always help

Viruses and bacteria are often mentioned in connection with diseases. Indeed, they are responsible for various diseases in humans. People tend to confuse which diseases are caused by bacteria and which are caused by viruses. But this is important if you want to use drugs such as antibiotics effectively.

Diseases caused by bacteriaare, for example, purulent inflammation of the skin, bacterial pneumonia or bladder infections. Bacteria also play a role in food poisoning (e.g. salmonella). They can be found in food and eaten, causing nausea or diarrhea. When bacteria attack the bloodstream, meninges or the heart, serious or even life-threatening diseases can develop. In the case of bacterial infections, antibiotics can help you get well again.

Diseases caused by viruses, are, for example, diseases of the respiratory tract such as colds, flu or COVID-19, a disease that is triggered by the novel coronavirus. But measles, rubella, mumps (goat peter) or chicken pox are also among the viral diseases. Some diarrheal diseases are also caused by viruses. It is important to know that antibiotics do not help with viral diseases.