International Relations (IR) scholars and students alike have had a lot to ponder since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration as a pandemic. Research and debates on the rhetorical link between infectious diseases (IDs) and IR subdisciplines such as national security, which have featured prominently in the security literature, are not new. IR students can recall Thucydides’ account of the Peloponesian Wars and specifically how disease was decisive in demoralizing the Athenian peoples’ resilience, wreaking havoc to its army.

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