Coronvirus Continued

How COVID 19 Infects Us and 
What It Does Once We Are Infected

By Dr. J. Renae Norton

Lets talk about how COVID 19 actually gets into the human body, and what it does but before we do that lets take a minute to explain the difference between a virus and a bacterial infection. I think people are really confused about this, which makes it even harder to understand how this virus is spreading. I always say knowledge is power, so let’s power up!

The reason that COVID 19 is so lethal is that it is a Zoonotic virus, which means that it originated in an animal. There have been several other such viruses, SARS, from bats, Swine Flu, from pigs, Ebola from Monkeys and now Coronavirus from an animal called a Pangolin.

Unfortunately, government officials continue to spread mis-information about COVID 19, in an apparently misguided effort to protect the economy, which is probably only insuring a worse economic outcome. For example, it is poppy cock that this is just like having the flu. Seasonal flus are very different from Novel flus like COVID 19. We are more likely to have immunity for seasonal flus because they are passed from human to human. We have no natural or acquired immunity for Novel flus like COVID 19 because our immune system does not recognize animal DNA. If it does not recognize the virus, it cannot fight it. That, combined with the catastrophic lengths the body must go to in order to fight the virus, is what makes COVID 19 so dangerous.

Bacteria Vs. Viruses

* Viruses are the smallest and simplest life form known. They are 10 to 100 times smaller than bacteria.

* The biggest difference between viruses and bacteria is that viruses must have a living host – like a plant, an animal or human – to multiply, while most bacteria can grow on non-living surfaces.  This totally makes sense because bacteria are living organisms (so they can survive on their own) while viruses apparently are not living organisms.  

* Bacteria are intercellular organisms (i.e. they live in-between cells); whereas viruses are intracellular organisms (they infiltrate the host cell and live inside of it). From inside the cell of the host, the virus actually changes the host cell’s genetic material and basically reprograms it to produce more of itself. So even though it is not “alive” it uses plants/animal/human DNA to survive and thrive by using the hosts DNA to multiply.  This just blows my mind!

* There are some useful bacteria but all viruses are harmful (unless you are into GMOs which I definitely am not!)

* Antibiotics cannot kill viruses, but can kill most bacteria, with the exception of Gram-negative bacteria (bacteria with a cell wall that is impenetrable.) Viruses can only be dealt with by creating a vaccine, which slows the virus down, but does not eradicate it. Once you contract the virus you always have it. 

* An example of a disease caused by bacteria is strep throat.  An example of a disease caused by a virus is the flu such as SARS, MERS, or COVID 19.


Bacteria are the main cause of illness especially food-based illnesses in most people. That’s because there are literally trillions of bacteria on any given surface and in our foods.  We deal with a lot of bacteria all the time.  

For example, did you know that you are 90% bacteria and only 10% human cells?  That is correct.  We are definitely outnumbered when it comes to bacteria. The good thing is that human cells are much smarter than single cell organisms like bacteria, which do not communicate with each other.  Our cells work together to form structures like bones, skin, ligaments, joints and tendons, and our amazing brain, as well as glands, organs and systems, etc. 

Bacteria, not so much. Very dumb, cannot communicate, just lots of them.

Different surfaces allow the bacteria to live from just a few hours to several days, or even months. There are even some bacteria that have survived for hundreds of years. Whether or not they survive depends upon how clean the surfaces that surround you are and how careful you are with your food. 

The least favorable type of surface for bacteria to live on is a hard, non-porous surface; counter tops, tile floors, or glass surfaces are poor surfaces for bacteria, especially if the surfaces are kept clean. Soft, wet surfaces (preferably with plenty of rotting food) are perfect for the growth of bacteria. Cloths, sponges, and carpets that have gotten wet are excellent living places for bacteria to grow.  That smell when you leave something in the laundry basket too long that was wet, is the result of bacterial growth that forms mildew.  Sour milk, rotten meat, or smelly socks are also examples of bacterial growth.


Viral infections are less common than bacterial infections and depending upon the type of virus, can pose much more of a threat.  In addition, viruses are much smarter than bacteria and much more organized. The reason that viruses can spread faster than bacteria is that they reprogram the DNA of the host (you and me) to replicate themselves in every cell. We also never get rid of them.  Once we have a virus, we always have it. (I do have a secret weapon on this issue that I will share with you  in a follow-up article.)

The one weakness that the virus has is that it cannot survive without a host for very long.  In fact, it only survives long enough to make it to another host in most cases.

The COVID 19 virus is extremely contagious as viruses go as it can apparently survive for relatively long periods of time when hopping from one host to another. In one study,[1] which has not been peer-reviewed yet, the researchers found that the coronavirus can survive up to three hours in the air in different forms (if you are going to the grocery, be there when it opens and hope the employees are not infected), up to four hours on copper (huh?), up to 24 hours on cardboard (so wipe down that Amazon package before you touch it with your bare hands) and up to 5 days on plastic and stainless steel (so wipe off anything you buy at the grocery store and pick it up while wearing gloves or with a Purex wipe and then spray it off when you get it home). And keep washing your hands. Finally, don’t do what I just did and put your finger in your eye, even if it itches.

Here is a good graphic on the above differences.

In my next article I will talk about the immune response to COVID 19 and the problems it causes, what you can do to prevent being infected, and a possible treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating viruses like COVID 19.  

For right now: shelter at home, wash your hands and separate from anyone in your family with symptoms. Get rest, laugh whenever you can and reach out to those you love. 

Also, you can join me this Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 pm EST and find out first hand  what you can do to prevent the virus and to heal from it if you contract it. I am hosting a FREE Teleseminar – Coronavirus Boot Camp 101. This is a LIVE call with me full of up to the minute information where YOU can ask questions as you learn! Sign up by pressing the blue button below!

Until next time be safe and stay well!

Dr. Renae Norton

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