As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it’s not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it’s usually here to stay.
In medieval times natural phenomena, such as comets and eclipses, were regarded as portents of natural disasters, including plagues.
People have lived with infectious disease throughout the millennia, with culture and biology influencing each other. Archaeologists decode the stories told by bones and what accompanies them.
Poets and the wealthy were angered by those who saw their opportunity to rise above their station after the plague.
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A medieval historian and business studies expert discuss how pandemics past and present impact on big business.
Bleach to defeat COVID-19 or fire to dispel plague, history is full of quack medicine.
Some 1,500 years ago, the Plague of Justinian spread via ships from North Africa to Europe and Asia, killing up to 50 million people.
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.
Sure, there were no Zoom calls or ventilators. But thanks to a prolific diarist, we can see some striking similarities, from daily death counts to quack remedies.
Then – as now – the wealthy fled to the countryside, while the urban poor were forced to work on the front lines.
Rumours, conspiracy theories, the blame game: sound familiar?
During the Black Death of the 1300s, medieval writers struggled to make sense of the disease just as we are now during the COVID-19 pandemic
Historically, pandemics have brought about profound societal improvements. Will that happen this time?
Misinformation and “fake news” was also widespread during the Black Death.
A look back at history can help us consider the economic effects of public health emergencies and how best to manage them.
People caught and died from plague long before it caused major epidemics like the Black Death in the middle ages. Could what scientists call cultural resistance be what kept the disease under control?
Despite being so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries.
With so many microbes capable of hijacking and destroying us, how are we, as a species, still enduring?
It’s a deadly bacterium that can spread like wildfire. New research suggests Yersinia pestis first developed its ability to cause lung infection and then evolved to be highly infectious.