A look at how pandemics have remade the world.
Previous epidemics have a lot to teach us about the coronavirus and this moment in history. See our curated collection examining how infectious diseases have altered the way people live—and what this means for the future we’re currently facing.
Thucydides’ account of the plague that struck Athens in 430 B.C. focuses on the social response, both of those who died and those who survived.
Some of which may ring familiar today.
Until the mid-1800s, doctors didn’t bother washing their hands. Then a Hungarian medic made an essential, much-resisted breakthrough.
The history of unpleasant odor, or miasma, has unexpected relevance in the time of COVID-19.
Cholera and tuberculosis outbreaks transformed the design and technology of the home bathroom. Will COVID-19 inspire a new wave of hygiene innovation?
John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, discusses what the epidemic can tell us about our current situation and the future.
For millennia, epidemics have tested friendships, faith and society. But, amid the horror there is hope.