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n What is a virus? Cohen describes viruses as “little bits of infectious information. They aren’t even alive.” Flu viruses only have eight genes, whereas humans have about 30,000. To reproduce, viruses have to infect normal cells and use the cells’ resources to make new viruses. Viruses can’t reproduce on their own; they just have the “blueprint” for new ones, according to Cohen.n What is an epidemic? An epidemic occurs when the number of deaths from a disease far exceeds that the number authorities such as the World Health Organization predict. A pandemic is an epidemic that occurs worldwide or across a large region.


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