That’s right. This post is about how you are not the person that you thought you were. In fact, you’re only about 10% the person that you thought you were.
This week, I have been delighted to play host to a rather nasty bug that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment. As well as feeling generally pants, I did also manage to rather spectacularly essentially get sick in my own eye. This was as unpleasant and painful as you might think.
Of course, when we say bug we’re not really referring to hemipteran insects (thanks, Wiki!). We actually mean some microbial infection (usually a virus when we talk about having bugs). So as I sat on the bathroom wondering if I’d washed my eye with enough bleach to truly sterilise it (Legal disclaimer: please, please don’t do this at home. At least, not in my home), I found myself hating our microbial cousins. However, once my vomit-vision had cleared up my hostility also vanished, and I decided to write this post about the “point” of bacteria and viruses. It’s not so much going to be about the general biology, but more about how they impact positively on us humans.