The Black Death that hit Europe in the 1340s and early 1350s and killed tens of millions has some striking similarities to the current pandemic, The Washington Post reports:
- People didn’t understand the disease in their midst.
- Conspiracy theories proliferated.
- People ignored guidelines.
- The disease was blamed on outsiders and minorities.
Our future with COVID-19 is unknown, but a new PNAS study may offer some clues. It delves into how the plague spread across Europe in various forms for 300 years.
COVID-19, too, will likely linger for quite some time. After all, only 1 infectious disease—smallpox—has ever been eradicated via medicine, Inverse notes.