I was asked for an idea to remember the word virus, 病毒, bìng dú.
Let’s start with 病, disease.
Originally 病 was only written with the right-hand side 疒, which meant illness. The first spelling in the center of the picture below, had the idea of a man, sweating on a bed
Then , we added the character 丙 bǐng, which has only a phonetic function, right spelling.
July 11th, 2020