CHICAGO (WLS) -- Simply put, a virus is an organism that carries genetic information, causing infection and sometimes disease. It needs a host, like a person or animal, to survive.
Viruses you may have heard of include Influenza, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and most recently, Coronavirus.
SYMPTOMS TYPICALLY INCLUDE:
You can get a virus in a variety of ways: through touch, the exchange of bodily fluid, from contaminated food and water or from infected insects or animals.
HOW YOU CAN STAY SAFE:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough
- Stay away from infected people
- If applicable, get vaccinated