The fatal breath : Covid-19 and society in Britain / David Vincent.

  • Vincent, David, 1949-
  • Books

About this work


"The Fatal Breath is the first full-scale history of the Covid-19 pandemic in Britain. Deploying a rich archive of personal testimonies together with a wide range of research reports and official data, it presents a moving and challenging account of the crisis that enveloped Britain (and the world) in the spring of 2020. With sensitivity, care, and an historian’s critical eye, David Vincent places the pandemic in context. While much contemporary commentary has assumed people were forced to develop entirely new ways of living and working during lockdown, Vincent reveals how the population was able to draw upon a wealth of resources and coping strategies already seen over the centuries, often reacting far more quickly and effectively than slow-moving authorities. He tells the stories of doctors’ and nurses’ time on the frontlines, reveals the true extent of supply shortages, conspiracy theories, and vaccine resistance, and explores individuals’ newfound appreciation of nature and community in lockdown. The Fatal Breath will appeal to anyone seeking to reflect on the past few years and how the pandemic has changed Britain – for better and for worse."--From publisher.


Cambridge ; Hoboken, NJ : Polity Press, 2023.

Physical description

viii, 317 pages ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Where to find it

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    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

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  • 1509551670
  • 9781509551675