I have no idea what this means. I just do as our Benevolent Seed Overlords command
So our Benevolent Seed Overlords pose the question “What is a disease?” This question merely proves that longer questions are usually easier to answer than shorter ones.
So I’ve decided to change the question to “What is an infectious disease?” (cuz it’s my blog). There are two underlying meanings of the word disease:
- An organism that lives on or in a host and that harms the health–that is, lowers the fitness–of that host.
- The effect of a parasite (the previously described organism) on the unhealthy host.
I like the first definition–or I should say I find it more interesting–because I really don’t want to hear about your symptoms (mine, on the other hand, are fascinating to me). The etiological agent is far more interesting than a kvetching human.