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Pandemics: Past, Present, and Future

Pandemics: Past, Present, and Future
Coronavirus in Historical Perspective

This is not the first time that humans have confronted pandemic disease (from plague to SARS and influenza, from smallpox and measles to cholera and HIV). Historians have long studied these pandemics, taught their lessons, and preached to be prepared for the next one. Today, more than ever, insight about past pandemics and how they transform (and deform) societies is essential as we survive and rebuild. This page offers links to Origins’ many essays, podcasts, and videos on pandemics. Enjoy and be well.

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