To all our friends and colleagues out there. We are thinking of you in this challenging time. Now we must work hard to remind people of the benefits microbes bring humans and how especially marine microbes make Earth habitable. We are not at war with nature, just with one virus. We are also thinking of the many people that suffer the anxiety, deprivation and uncertainty we all share now on a regular basis due to wars, poverty and environmental degradation. It is our hope that this pandemic serves as a wake up call to all to make Earth a more hospitable place for all its creatures.