I do not work with lytic viruses.How many replications cause a cell to break?
The diameter of the "virus" is about 1/1000 of the cell. Sounds like you would need a gazillion.
Please show some of the "plenty of pictures" of these viruses breaking cells. There are many lytic viruses, so that should be easy.
When cells do not die, what is the actual harm of the virus?
How does covid supposedly compromise such a wide variety of cells?
Don't all these different organ cells they all have their own unique replication elements? How much of a genius is this virus?
Some viruses, like retroviruses, can insert themselves into the host genome, and can disrupt the expression of nearby genes. If those genes control growth, then the cell could be induced to replicate uncontrollably, causing cancer.
Covid is a new virus, and while studies on this virus have ramped up quickly, there are major gaps in our knowledge about it.
There are certainly things like transcription factors that are cell type specific and that can interact with some viruses.