Podcast: Dealing with COVID-19. The perils of using previous crises as a reference point.

Why comparing the current Coronavirus crisis with crises of the past, including the SARS epidemic, is not a good idea.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has received unprecedented media coverage in the past 3 months. A large part of this coverage includes comparisons of the ongoing crisis to some major crises of the past, including the SARS epidemic of 2002-2003.

In our latest podcast, Dr. Bram de Ridder from KU Leuven discusses his new article “When the Analogy Breaks: Historical References in Flemish News Media at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic” published in the Journal of Applied History. De Ridder analyzes how three Flemish media outlets covered the crisis recently and how their misplaced historical analogies could affect public perception, causing a problem in dealing with the current pandemic.

The article is freely accessible online as part of Brill's Covid-19 Collection.

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