Suppose a virus randomly lands on a cell that's just lying around. This cell may have just recently died, or died a while ago. This cell may also be part of tissue of a dead organism.* Does the virus know that cell is dead? Would it attempt to inject its DNA into the cell?
*If it's a single cell, not part of a tissue, I imagine a "dead" cell would be lysed, so a virus landing on a "single dead cell" wouldn't happen - pleae correct me if I am wrong. So I'm asking how it would be for a dead organism because we can still see those dead tissues ..