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Virus Info

VIRUS - WHAT IS IT?

Viruses are small contagious elements (also referred to as pathogens) that infect all forms of life, but incapable of multiplication outside living cells. They are not regarded as organisms, because they do not have a cellular structure or organelle (e.g. cell nucleus, mitochondria, lysosomes), but they demonstrate certain characteristic features of organisms – even the simplest viruses are built of nucleic acid and surrounding protein coat (capsid). Nucleic acid – RNA or DNA – is the genome of the virus and contains information required to produce daughter cells. Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites, which means that they are fully dependent on the cells which are their hosts, using their structures for multiplication.

VIRAL INFECTION

Viral infection takes place when viruses get into the organism. Unfortunately, almost all body cells and tissues may be infected, from the skin to the brain. After penetrating into a cell, the virus lives on it, which leads to cell death and sometimes to disappearance.


 

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Important Contact Data:

24/7 National Health Fund (NFZ) helpline on coronavirus:
Phone no. 800 190 590

24/7 Silesian Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Katowice helpline on coronavirus:
Phone no. 660 686 917

Infectious diseases wards near you:

  • Bytom (Szpital Specjalistyczny nr 1, al. Legionów 49),
  • Chorzów (Szpital Specjalistyczny, ul. Zjednoczenia 10),
  • Tychy (Szpital Megrez, ul. Edukacji 102),
  • Cieszyn (Szpital Śląski, ul. Bielska 4).

Complete list of infectious diseases wards:  www.gov.pl.

Team for Communication and Information on SARS-CoV-2:

  • Assoc. Prof. Lucyna Sadzikowska, Professor of the University of Silesia, Head of the Rector’s Office - Chairman of the Team
  • Justyna Szostek-Aksamit, MA, Head of the Student Service Centre – Team member,
  • Jacek Szymik-Kozaczko, MA, Ombudsperson of the University of Silesia – Team member,
  • Radosław Aksamit, MA, Head of the Media Centre – Team member,
  • Katarzyna Więcek-Jakubek, MA, Head of the HR and Internal Communication Department – Team member.

University of Silesia in Katowice
ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice
phone no. +48 32 359 22 22
e-mail: 
info@us.edu.pl
NIP: 634-019-71-34

Contact for media:
rzecznik@us.edu.pl

Contact for publishing info on this website: radoslaw.aksamit@us.edu.pl

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