How pandemics change the course of history

Commentary / World Apr 14, 2021

How pandemics change the course of history

by Stephen Mihm

When COVID-19 first arrived last year, everyone’s go-to historical parallel was the 1918 influenza pandemic. Precisely because it was so fleeting, it’s hard to find evidence that it caused a sweeping reorientation of everyday life. In its wake, most people simply forgot what happened. ...

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