Beating Typhus in the Warsaw Ghetto

A new Science Advances study of the 1941 Warsaw ghetto typhus epidemic shows how, against the odds, public health interventions helped scale back the disease.
 
Jews in the Warsaw ghetto maintained robust social organizations to educate people about hygiene, and they took it seriously—that’s a lesson for the COVID-19 era, said survivor Alex Hershaft.
 
 "Some people don't take COVID seriously because the concept of contracting a deadly disease is so foreign to us, while in the ghetto, we were so conscious that the next day could be our last."
 
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