Op-Ed: Pandemics Aren’t Wars

A mural near a hospital in Dallas pays tribute to nurses working during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Date Published: April 15, 2020

Source: Vox

In this opinion piece, the author argues that the language we use to talk about the pandemic limits our perception. Wartime language is often used in describing healthcare professionals as “troops” and even coronavirus being the “invisible enemy”. It’s natural to draw comparisons of illness to battle but it also brings in questions of who is to blame and who is the real enemy, if there even is one. Using a diversity of metaphors can provide new perspectives and strength on how to think about illness. For example, framing the pandemic in an ecological light shifts the focus from individualistic causes to community responses and preparedness. 

Read the full article here: https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/4/15/21193679/coronavirus-pandemic-war-metaphor-ecology-microbiome

Summary by: Grace Xu