Karen Kruse Thomas

Karen Kruse Thomas is the historian of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the author of Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1935–1985 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

COVID-19 is a precedent-shattering monster of a pandemic. There’s never been anything quite like it. Historians of public health have struggled mightily to find apt comparisons to our current…