do viruses have any natural predators in nature ?
does anything eat viruses ?
- RichardLv 62 months ago
- JimLv 72 months ago
Soap destroys those in viruses wrapped lipids (like COVID19)
Some viruses are attacked by other viruses
White blood cells
- AmyLv 72 months ago
"Predator" isn't really the appropriate term when we're talking about an object made up of only a hundred or so molecules.
No, there is nothing that "eats" viruses for nutritional value. Viruses don't contain any sugars (food).
There are cells that "kill" viruses (rip them apart) in order to defend themselves and defend other cells. Some of these cells take the virus inside themselves in order to do so, which would be very similar to eating.
- D gLv 72 months ago
White blood cells of every living creature Anti bodies
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- Anonymous2 months ago
Some are non-living as the Wohan virus which is a protein if I remember correctly. Heat is deadly to viruses which is why the Wohan virus is most prevalent at 32.5 degrees latitude. As you go away from 32.5 degrees, the number of cases dramatically decreases. There's definitely a "sweet spot" for the virus in terms of temp and humidity.
Antibodies are a natural predator.
Chemicals like o-zone, soap and bleach will kill a virus, but those can't be considered a predator.
- 2 months ago
Long ago I had a teacher describe viruses a being below a regular organism, or perhaps they are the largest most complex molecules. "They don't DO anything, they just LIE there until something picks them up." she said. I thought that our own white blood cells "ate" viruses, bacteria, and even _try_ to eat asbestos fibers. I saw the pictures of all three long ago. A white blood cell may or may not actually digest a virus, it mainly encases the virus then dies, and is expelled from the body as snot, phlegm, puss, and in poop!
- Aril DaineLv 52 months ago
only your immune system could kill it.
- CowboyLv 62 months ago
Viruses have little or no nutrition, no metabolism and aren't even alive.
- MARKLv 72 months ago
No, viruses do not have predators. There are two good reasons for this. The first is that only animal species have predators. Secondly, viruses are not living organisms. They occupy a grey area between the living and the non-living.
- nevin0020Lv 52 months ago
Heat kills the virus.