Disclaimer: The following science-based philosophical commentary is intended to spark contemplation about the current pandemic and not in any way intended to discount or dismiss the tragedies that are resulting, including economic hardship and loss of life.
Virus, Part I - Scientific
Many, possibly most, people have the concept of a virus that it is a malicious bug, a germ, that is out to infect and reproduce for its own survival; much like the image below. It isn't. It is not a bug or a germ like one might think of bacteria or a microscopic parasite. A virus is an oddity, not characterized by the (scientific) prerequisites of "life" and as such, viruses are not considered living organisms, i.e., they are not included in the phylogenetic classification system that categorizes all (known) living things. Instead, a virus is basically a very tiny package of genetic code, either DNA or RNA, with the capability to transmit and deliver genetic change...also known as evolution. This function of gene transfer - analogous to sexual reproduction - increases genetic diversity: an essential element of long-term survival for any species, including humans. Viruses are the most abundant biological entity on the planet and are considered by some to be essential reservoirs of genetic diversity. Unfortunately, the host of a virus may respond negatively to the new genetic material, hence diseases like AIDS, flu, COVID-19, and certain cancers that can result from a viral "infection". Some hosts, however, may not develop diseases as a result of contracting a virus and still others may benefit from the accession of new genetic material. So, the idea that a virus is a parasite or a germ that is attacking us, that it is something we need to go to war against; this idea, while valid for some, doesn't entirely account for the important function viruses have contributed to the millions of years of natural evolution that has brought us to this point in the timeline of history.
Next up: Virus, part 2 - Sociopolitical
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