Can I use "landscape" instead of situation? For example, "The current American situation is not good because of COVID-19."

Can I replace "situation" with "landscape"? e.g. the current situation of America is not good because of COVID-19.

When I searched Oxford Learner’s dictionary, it says

  1. the characteristic features of an area of activity
    • We can expect changes in the political landscape.
    • Their songs altered the landscape of popular music.

But I feel like this definition only works for some idiomatic phrases such as "industrial landscape" or "political landscape".

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Metaphorically, "landscape" refers to a more or less permanent state of affairs. While the two examples in the edited OP refer to changes, they are changes that result in a new persistent situation: "changes in the political landscape" and "altered the landscape". The OP question was about "current American situation", a meaning where I don't think "landscape" fits, at least not until it is recognized as a persistent state of affairs.

  • The two examples from Oxford Learner's use some form of change.
    – CJ Dennis
    Apr 10, 2020 at 2:16
  • Yes, they do. I think I will modify my answer. Apr 10, 2020 at 3:33

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