The sociologist and virologist disagreed about the social significance of viruses. The first does not exclude that viruses are designed to control the number of people and animals on the planet, and the sociologist claims that the planet can feed many more people, and blames globalization for what happened.
Virologist Alexander Chepurnov believes that viruses are a tool of natural selection, thinning out the population of people and animals. However, the sociologist Daria Khalturina categorically disagrees with him, who is confident that the planet is able to feed a much larger population.
Virologist Alexander Chepurnov, a leading researcher at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the Russian Academy of Sciences, notes that with the help of vaccines, humanity can successfully fight only with diseases that are unique to humans. He cited smallpox as an example, which completely disappeared after the advent of the vaccine. If the disease has an “intermediate” host, it is almost impossible to create a vaccine against such an infection. Examples are HIV and hepatitis C.
“I think viruses can be related to natural selection. Viral diseases thin out both humanity and the animal kingdom. But if we talk about coronavirus, then it doesn’t play such a role,” said Alexander Chepurnov in an interview with Nation News.
Daria Khalturina, a sociologist, demographer, chairman of the board of the Public Health and Demography Council, is not in agreement with this view that viruses can play some social role, and especially in terms of preventing population redundancy.
“In fact, there are no indicators confirming that our planet is overpopulated. Pollution can also be organized by the forces of a small group of people. And in terms of the ability to feed, I think the planet will be able to overpower many more people,” the expert noted.
She emphasized that viruses are molecular robots that have neither soul nor any higher goal than reproduction. According to the sociologist, the global scale of the epidemic is primarily associated with the processes of globalization, and not with the desire of the planet to destroy humanity.