Are Viruses Alive?

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Public Understanding of Science article of topical interest (SARS-Cov2; Covid-19). Explains why viruses are not alive in any meaningful sense. About 1000 words.

Published by United Academics in an online Magazine.




Period30 Apr 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleAre Viruses Alive
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUnited Academics
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Sizeabout 1000 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionExplains, using information theory, molecular biology and cybernetics theory in popular science language, why viruses such as SARS-Cov2 which causes Covid-19, are not alive.
    Producer/AuthorKeith Farnsworth
    PersonsKeith Farnsworth