With the recent news on the Zika Virus, and before that Ebola, and MERS, and SARS, and Avian flu etc, etc, it’s instructive to contemplate these entities. I am doing research for my next novel, which is about a professor who wants to create a new virus; the novel is in initial editing phase. It’s actual a literary satire, so nothing apocalyptic. Anyhow, I found a little bit of information on virus that really puts these entities into perspective.
“The virion of a herpesvirus, which is a fairly large virus, is about ten million times smaller than a large balloon, while the balloon is smaller than the Earth by the same factor.” Virology, Principles and Applications, John B. Carter and Venetia A. Saunders.