might as well be the Middle Ages, ~

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Hi. It is a line from the TV show named 'The Strain'.

A virus exists only to find a carrier and reproduce.
It has no political views, it has no religious beliefs, it has no cultural hang-ups.
It might as well be the Middle Ages, except for the convenience of hitching a ride on a metal tube flying from meal to meal to meal.

I can't understand the line underlined.

Can you explain what the meaning is?

Thank you.
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  • anthox

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    English - Northeast US
    It means that the virus itself has no idea of time, as in, it could be the 20th century, or it could be the Middle Ages (i.e. the medieval period) to it. The only difference being that today we have airplanes ("metal tubes") that can help transport it more efficiently.
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