Why are antibiotics not effective for viral disease?

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Why are antibiotics not effective for viral disease?
Answer:
Antibiotics act by inhibiting the biosynthetic pathways. This way they eventually die. However, viruses do not have components for the biosynthetic pathways. Instead, they utilise the components of the host body to complete their life cycles. Therefore, antibiotics are not effective against viruses.