Antibiotics should be called Antibacterials: Analogies

We’ve tried to think of analogies to make the ‘viruses and bacteria are totally different’ explanation clearer. Here are a few:

The Surrealist Analogy:

Bacteria = a zebra – It stands on top of where it lives eating the grass. It’s alive and needs a lion to kill it.

Virus = a wrench – It has to get inside a car to change it.  It’s not alive and can be thrown away when not wanted.

ZEBRAS AND WRENCHES ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

The Star Wars Analogy:

Bacteria = a Death Star – Big and bad. It roams the galaxy causing big problems. Killing it requires exploitation of specific design flaws that we are all fortunate exist.

Virus = an Ewok – Small and irritating, but rarely deadly, they need a host (Endor) to live in.

DEATH STARS AND EWOKS ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

The Boring but Accurate Analogy:

Bacteria = a toddler with a hammer – Very good at smashing computers and breaking them from the outside.

Viruses = a computer virus – Computer code that once inside the operating system of a computer, uses that system to do whatever it’s own code tells it to do, which normally involves some sort of malfunction and spreading to other computers.

TODDLERS WITH HAMMERS AND COMPUTER CODE ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

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