We are Fighting Coronavirus… But is it War?

Marie Trout
3 min readApr 9, 2020

Some have likened the coronavirus pandemic to war. And yes, city, state, national, and international leadership must respond, protect citizens, and activate production of needed equipment.

Still, comparing fighting a pandemic to war is, as we Danes say, galimatias — it is gobbledygook and makes no sense.

A war has a tangible enemy based on differences in territorial, belief, or faith-based identities.

A war is fought to protect land, property, or in order to further ideology.

A war is brought on by conflict, disagreement, competition, or hostility.

If this is a war, it is one fought in host cells on a microscopic level. The coronavirus travels from human to human in order to replicate itself. In order to do so, it seeks new hosts. Once it enters the human organism, it seeks to alter the host cells in order to suppress or alter their normal defenses.

For those dealing with slowing the spread of the disease, for caregivers, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, every day is a battle. A dreadful one at that.

But otherwise, it makes no sense to talk about the response to the virus as a war.

It is, in fact, counterproductive, or even dangerous, because coronavirus does not care whether…



Marie Trout

Author “The Blues — Why it Still Hurts so Good,” artist manager. PhD Wisdom Studies. Contributor: The Daily Beast, The Bern Report, Classic Rock Blues Magazine.