How Evolution Made COVID-19 Our Perfect Enemy (and Why We’ll Beat It)

published on July 9, 2020

There’s a reason coronavirus doesn’t infectpolar bearsTo this virus, a polar bear is a dead endBut humans aren’t polar bearsWe’re not that big, we don’t have fangs,claws, armor, or venomYet it’s our species who has dominated lifeon EarthBecause humanity is at its best when we bandtogetherOur social nature is what made us

What made youIt’s why we existIt’s why we’re still hereThese chains of connection are why we laughand cry and teach and learnThey helped our ancestors find foodRaise their children

Make toolsBuild civilizationsBut in this world, full of sickness, the samechains that connect us also leave us vulnerableBecause these infinitesimally small enemiesonly seek to take another step, and another,and anotherSo to save ourselves, we untie these chains

And with each chain broken, with every bitof social distance, we can prevent infectionexponentiallyUntold pain, fear, and death avoidedTo our ancestors, loneliness meant almostcertain deathAnd they passed this evolutionary lesson tousLoneliness triggers alarms

Brain chemicals that push us to fight or fleeHiding away can cause us actual painBut there’s something we can do what thesickness can not do, that makes our speciesso specialWe can learnWe use our tools to study it

Where it hurts us, we heal each otherAnd what we learn, we teachFor our species has no greater advantage thanthe sharing of knowledgeAnd we have built other chains of connectionwhere the sickness can not set footOur connection is not weaknessIt’s our strength

Because when the virus is lonely, it diesWe won’t be sick foreverOne day, when we reconnect our chains, whenthe virus is gone, our humanity will ensurethat we are still hereStay curiousThank you for watching this video, and thankyou to everyone who supports the show on Patreon

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