COVID-19 changes people’s lives, fears, hopes, and behaviours across the globe right now. In his recent Cambridge University Press monograph The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past, Professor Timothy James LeCain (Montana State University) writes about the "fellow travelers" that "make us human". He call this an ever-evolving relationship "that can be both wonderfully creative and horrifically destructive." In this interview with Stefan Hanß, Timothy James LeCain discusses how COVID-19 forces us to face the microscopic record of the material world, and to reconsider our own approach to it. How does the current coronavirus pandemic affect historians' methodological thinking?