What if all viruses disappeared?

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200617-what-if-all-viruses-disappeared?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Discussion posted by: itzfitzheretwo

If given the choice to magically wave a wand and cause all viruses to disappear, most people would probably jump at that opportunity, especially now. Yet this would be a deadly mistake – deadlier, in fact, than any virus could ever be. “If all viruses suddenly disappeared, the world would be a wonderful place for about a day and a half, and then we’d all die – that’s the bottom line,” says Tony Goldberg, an epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “All the essential things they do in the world far outweigh the bad things.”