Coronavirus and the Language of War

Coronavirus and the Language of War

Are we at war with Covid-19? The language used by politicians and journalists would suggest so, with doctors and nurses often described as being on the ‘front line’ and the spirit of World War II invoked to raise national morale. But how useful or appropriate is the analogy of warfare in the context of the pandemic? BBC Newsnight’s Mark Urban, Historian Margaret MacMillan and The Times’ Philip Collins ask whether battling a contagious disease is really comparable to an army of enemy combatants.