We have noticed that viruses such as SARS, MERS, H1N1, etc have been in the (relatively distant) news for the last number of years. Finally the whole globe has been affected in a big way by the latest novelty in viruses. We are told that we must prepare for yet another epidemic of yet another new virus. Is this something new and different that has the potential to change anything significant about human life on Earth? Suppose it's really true that we are in an Age of Virus epidemics much as once we were in an Industrial Age, Atomic Age or Information Technology Age. If so, what are the implications for the following: - personal liberty and freedom - globalization and open borders - human rights - income equality - populism - democracy - authoritarianism - climate change - religious belief systems - artificial intelligence - exploration of the Moon and Mars - mass gatherings for sporting events such as football and auto racing - general standard of living - what else?