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Are viruses smaller than bacteria?


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Yes. Viruses are strands of RNA, not entire cells, which bacteria are.

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Bacteria are cells and can range in size from 1 micrometer to 500 micrometers. Viruses are smaller: 0.02 to 0.3 micrometers.

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Viruses are a lot smaller than bacteria. In fact, the largest virus is smaller than the smallest bacterium.

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