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The Black Death that ravaged Europe in the 14th century wreaked profound long-term effects. Some historians believe it took 80 years for human populations to recover in most parts of the continent, and well over a century in certain areas.

Much is being reported on the impact of the current pandemic in economic terms, but less so in demographic terms, which are harder to compile in real time.

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