World vs Virus podcast

World vs Virus is a weekly podcast that helps to answer your questions about COVID-19. We look at the latest news, research, and analysis to break down what you need to know about the global coronavirus pandemic.

You can listen for free here, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

Episode 10

Gita Gopinath

The 'Great Lockdown' that is ravaging the global economy is quite unlike the financial crash of 2008 and requires a different and even bigger response, the IMF Chief Economist says. Also: a survey of 350 business leaders reveals what they see as the biggest risks from the pandemic in the next 18 months.

Released: 21 May, 2020

Episode 9

Gaming and esports - winning gold in the COVID shutdown

With sports in lockdown, online gaming is enjoying a bonanza. Will esports replace physical games in the long term? And why were gamers better prepared than the rest of us to weather the pandemic? Plus: the race for a virus - we hear from companies on the scientific front line.

Released: 14 May, 2020

Episode 8

What should we tell the kids? Children quiz a doctor on COVID-19

What would a child ask a doctor about coronavirus? On this week’s World Vs Virus, Dr Ranj Singh, who presents BBC TV show Get Well Soon, takes questions from a panel of youngsters, and shares tips on how best to talk to children about the pandemic.

Released: 7 May, 2020

Episode 7


The Spanish Flu of 1918

It infected one-third of the world’s population and killed 50 million people, but for most of us the Spanish Flu is little more than a footnote of history. Author and science journalist Laura Spinney tells us what we have still to learn from from the 20th Century's worst pandemic.

Released: 30 April, 2020

Episode 6

Can climate action survive COVID-19? Jennifer Morgan from Greenpeace tells us it can, and must

Jennifer Morgan, head of Greenpeace International, says why the fight against climate change must not be considered an unaffordable luxury as we struggle with COVID-19. And Yale's happiness professor, Laurie Santos, gives her tips on mental wellbeing

Released: April 23, 2020

Episode 5

Coping with working from home – tips from an organizational psychologist

Bestselling author Adam Grant has advice for employers and employees on coping with COVID-19 lockdown, finding JOMO (the joy of missing out), and how we might achieve 'post-traumatic growth'

Released: April 16, 2020

Episode 4

No Refuge: The world's most vulnerable

How are poorer countries facing up? We speak to David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee, and hear from Bangladesh and a Somali refugee. Also: a pastor, a rabbi and a mullah walk into a Zoom chat; and listen to what COVID-19 sounds like.

Released: April 9, 2020

Episode 3

Battleground: New York

Doctor and bestselling author Matt McCarthy shows us life on the front line in New York City. Also: a submariner shares his tips for surviving lockdown.

Released: April 2, 2020

Episode 2

Numbers Game: How long is a lockdown?

The World Health Organization tells us how long is a lockdown, and YouTuber Molly Burke describes living under the threat of COVID-19 when you're blind.

Released: March 26, 2020

Episode 1

Unprecedented: The economic impact of COVID-19

Economist Nouriel Roubini explains why the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus will be different than anything we have seen before, and a mental health expert gives tips on staying sane.

Released: March 20, 2020