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Coronavirus and the language of war


We are using the language of conflict to talk about the current pandemic. There are many parallels, but the comparison is not exact.

Are we at war with Covid-19? The everyday language used to describe the pandemic suggests this is the case. It is portrayed as a battle against a cruel enemy that must be defeated. At the “front line”, healthcare professionals put themselves at risk. In research laboratories, scientists endeavour to find a vaccine to repel the invading pathogen. Government ministers meet over Zoom in virtual “war cabinets”, while ordinary folk on the home front volunteer to do …read more

Source:: New Statesman

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