Something I've been wanting to touch on and Trevor Noah did earlier in the week on his show, is the psychological impact that our enemy being microscopic has on all this. If there were big mutant mosquitoes out there infecting everyone, no one would dare step outside their houses. But because it's a virus that nobody sees, I think it makes a certain portion of the population take this virus less seriously than they should.
I mentioned this in another thread, but I wanted to highlight this aspect of human psychology and get some thoughts. It also raises interesting philosophical questions as well about perception and what role that has in how we view the world.
The philosophical question is this: Do we respond to threats differently based on our actual perception and senses? I would argue that we do. Going back to the earlier example of mosquitoes, if a bunch of big mutant mosquitoes were invading and giving COVID-19 to all who they bit, social distancing would become a no brainer for everyone. No one would leave their houses and we would probably flatten the curve really quick as soon as we found a way to kill the mosquitoes via some spray.
But, because virus is spread via human to human interaction, cannot be seen with the naked eye, and most who get the virus experience only mild symptoms, it becomes much harder for people to take social distancing seriously.
Of course, the size of the threat should have no impact on how we view this. But unfortunately, it does. We are creatures affected by what we can directly see, feel, hear, and touch. What we can’t see, we are by nature much lest skeptical and worried about. Perhaps this is what we will be our downfall.