Viruses tend to target specific cells and tissues in your body. When infected by a virus, a host cell is forced to produce thousands of identical copies of the virus at an extraordinary rate. In some cases, the genetic material of a virus can remain dormant within a cell for years until triggered again.
Some viruses and retroviruses can be incredibly dangerous. In an ideal world, you’d do your best to avoid them. But the vast number of viruses makes it very difficult to dodge them entirely. Many people are likely infected and don’t know it. Fortunately, careful lifestyle choices can play a key role in the prevention, management, and treatment of infections.