Coronavirus Knows Nothing of Your Borders

Viruses could teach us much about man-made barriers

Marie T Smith
Mar 1, 2020 · 2 min read
Image: Martin Olsen on Unsplash

I watch the map of the world gradually turn pink — then red.

Coronavirus is changing the face of our boundaries.

Or is it?

On the one hand, it creeps from continent to continent. From country to country. As if there were no borders.

Yet, on the other hand, the world locks down even the smallest places. A cruise ship, a hotel, an island, a country. Building invisible walls to try and contain the monster.

Yet still, like rain Coronavirus drives through the defences.

Who knows how it will end. The longer it takes for it to get a complete grip on the entire world, the better the chances of developing a vaccine.

But as I look around there is still one thing that stands out above all else.

Map borders, county lines, country crossing points won’t keep it at bay.

If you voted to keep your place safe through some skewed view about immigration, how do you feel now?

Because your boundary is worth nothing. It is no defence against something which might prove stronger than any imaginary fear you ever held.

Take a bow.

Oh and don’t forget to wash your hands. Go ahead. Rid yourself of the germ you think is your biggest threat.

Ironically, the imaginary barriers we build are not enough to keep out the tiniest microscopic particles.

Our planet is small. Our earth is small.

©Marie T Smith writes for several Medium publications. She has already been credited as a top writer in Humor, Food, Travel, Cooking, This Happened To Me and Satire along the way. She is also a published writer in Travel Magazines and a keen photographer of wildlife. She Wordsmiths… is where it all began and is where she manages her newsletter updates.

My interest in the impact of viruses on society started with this story — and even warrants a mention long before the first case of Covid 19 was recorded.

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