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Virus Appreciation Day
October 3, 2021
An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 3 of October, repeating indefinitely
|Most of us only heard about viruses in negative ways.
Especially since the pandemic.
But scientist studying viruses discover new things almost
every day about these mysterious tiny somethings that we
hesitate to call organisms or even wonder if they can
even be called lifeforms.
Viruses exist in a twilight zone between our perception
of living creatures and lifeless matter.
What are they and what can we learn from them?
One important part in history that a virus was put to
good use was when the cowpox virus was used to
combat the deadly smallpox virus.
Thanks to cowpox, smallpox was even declared eradicated
in the early 1980ies.
Cowpox is still not a very nice virus to many animals,
but we got to choose between two evils
and got rid of the worst of the two.
Research on viruses continues.