How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts

A 19th-century engraving depicts the Angel of Death descending on Rome during the Antonine plague.J.G. Levasseur/Wellcome Collection, CC BYAndrew Latham, Macalester CollegeBefore March of this year, few probably thought disease could be a significant driver of human history.Not so anymore. People are beginning to understand that the little changes COVID-19 has already ushered in or accelerated – telemedicine, remote work, social distancing, the death of the handshake, online shopping, the virtual disappearance of cash and so on – have begun to change their way of life. They may not be sure whe…

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