Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.
Bleach to defeat COVID-19 or fire to dispel plague, history is full of quack medicine.
The cities of Europe have experienced disease outbreaks for centuries, but they were able to bounce back using quarantine, economic stimulus and patience. Not all were successful.
Rumours, conspiracy theories, the blame game: sound familiar?
Written 60 years after the bubonic plague swept London, Defoe’s account may have been a hoax, but it still rings true today.