Politicians, health professionals and news people have likened the challenges, responses and prospective solutions spawned by the coronavirus pandemic to a war.
But is it?
“I am a soldier in this battle, I am fighting my piece and I ask you to fight yours,” wrote Prateek Harne, a resident physician working at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, New York—the front lines of the pandemic. “Breathe and keep fighting.”
Leaders have called on their nations to rally to the cause of defeating the virus, not by getting out to fight, but by staying home, en masse. Many of those still working are cut from the same cloth as the grunts who fight real wars: grocery store clerks, pizza cooks, delivery people—minimum-wagers, unsung heroes, all.
“Not since the Second World War...