To stave off illness and melancholy, moderate drinking was advised by doctors.
Although memorials to past pandemics are not as prolific as war memorials, they do exist. A scholar of visual culture provides a brief history of monuments around the world.
The things we find hard to balance during COVID-19 – individual freedoms versus the group, accountability versus blame, science versus personal beliefs – are centuries old and deeply human.
Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.
Australia’s island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.
In medieval times natural phenomena, such as comets and eclipses, were regarded as portents of natural disasters, including plagues.
It is generally assumed that this disease-control technique goes back to the 1840s, but it’s actually much older.
From the Black Death to COVID-19, there have always been those who think good Christian practice will save them from death.
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.
Isolation. Despair. Facing our demons. What does the most-translated novel tell us about living with COVID-19?
In the past, maintaining physical distance was an important aspect of public life – and clothes played a big role.
Travelers may undergo screenings at airports to control the spread of coronavirus. Research shows that these efforts have little to no effect on slowing the spread of disease.
Misinformation and “fake news” was also widespread during the Black Death.
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?
Where do plague bacteria go between outbreaks? Research demonstrates that they can survive and replicate inside amoebae that are widely present in soil and water worldwide.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 170 people. Here’s what you need to know about treatment options and chances it will spread.
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?
The rhetoric of racial purity is full of suggestive terms like illness, weakening and dilution. These imply the medicalisation of the nation.
Plague, one of the deadliest diseases in the world, has been reported in several African countries in the past decade.