The Pandemic May Change Rather than End

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.

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