Neil deGrasse Tyson has long been a notable figure in the science fact and pop culture field for some time now, often throwing out commentary on movies and television and what they have done correctly or incorrectly in regards to science. Now, amidst the Covid-19 crisis, the StarTalk and Cosmos star is sharing his viewpoints on viruses and society.
While Neil DeGrasse Tyson is generally known for pithy takes on pop culture, his thoughts on the crisis humanity is currently going through are deadly serious. He painstakingly talks out how a virus like the coronavirus is an even greater threat than others that humanity will face, noting,
In a lengthy interview with The Gazette, Neil deGrasse Tyson detailed further why viral spread happens quickly and why it will take cooperation between communities and even countries to eradicate the virus meaningfully.
The world is definitely more interconnected than it has ever been. People are currently at home with a wide breadth of information at their fingertips thanks to the world wide web, but one of the criticisms of this crisis has been that communities and people in varying fields cannot get on the same page about how to respond to Covid-19. From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s point of view, he’s asking people to listen to scientists and “the advice of science” in general.
Obviously, this is just the outlook of one professional in the scientific community and Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t a virologist by any means, but his passion for science can clearly be seen in these coronavirus-oriented comments.
For now, to hear more from Neil deGrasse Tyson, you can catch new episodes of Cosmos: Possible Worlds on NatGeo, Monday nights only (the new season started on March 9). While theaters have shutdown for now, TV is still rolling, and you can check out what’s on with our full schedule.
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