MRSA is not a virus, it is a bacteria!
Viral infections and bacterial infections are very different, so they require very different treatment. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterial infection that is treatable with antibiotics, but viruses like HIV/AIDS, cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria become resistant to antibiotic treatment, but it doesn’t mean that it cannot be treated with antibiotics.
MRSA is an infection from bacteria just like strep throat and tuberculosis. Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that are able to independently survive and adapt to various environments. They can be found everywhere and on a variety of surfaces, but most are not harmful to people. Some bacteria are actually helpful and have a purpose like assisting in the digestion of food. In the case of MRSA, it is a harmful bacterium that has become resistant to some antibiotics that are used to treat it.
Bacterial like MRSA is spread by direct contact with a person who is infected or with a surface that is contaminated with the bacteria and usually enters through a break in the skin. Covering a rash, cut, or abrasion when in the community will help prevent an infection.
A bacterial infection needs to be diagnosed early so treatment can begin promptly to prevent a more serious infection.
To treat a bacterial infection, a health care professional will prescribe antibiotics (Antibiotics for MRSA) . Depending on the location of the infection, it may be administrated topically, orally, or intravenously. Treatment will need to be continued after the symptoms are gone to prevent a worse infection from developing.
MRSA is not a virus, it is a bacteria. The flu, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and the common cold are viral infections. A virus is smaller than bacteria and must have a host cell to grow. Antibiotics are not effective in treating viruses. Vaccines can help build immunities to different viruses and natural immunities to viruses are also developed by natural exposure to viruses during daily activities.
Viruses are spread through contact with bodily fluids (blood, tears, mucus, etc.) of someone who is infected with a virus. It can also be spread by touching meat that is contaminated. Viruses can live on surfaces for a short time and can be spread through the air. For some viral infections, people are contagious before they have symptoms and will unknowingly spread the virus.
A person’s immune system must eventually just overcome a viral infection. Symptoms can be treated to help a person be comfortable while their body fights the infection. Antiviral remedies help prevent the virus from growing so it runs its course faster.
Bacteria, Viruses, and Antibiotics
There was a time when both bacterial infections, like MRSA, and viral infections like the flu were all treated with antibiotics. The overuse of antibiotics contributed to Staphylococcus aureus adapting and mutating into resistant strains like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). People who are sick from a bacterial infection or a viral infection have a lowered immune system and maybe vulnerable to other types of infections. When a sick person avoids contact with other people, not only do they prevent the spread of their illness, they also prevent being exposed to a new infection.
MRSA is a bacterial infection that is treatable with antibiotics, but some people who have MRSA may be more susceptible to acquiring a viral infection, which is not treatable with antibiotics.