COVID-19 in Historical Perspective

Presented by Jacob Steere-Williams.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left us with a lot of questions about the role, the place, and repeated occurrence of new diseases. This lecture considers COVID-19 in light of several past pandemics, starting with the global spread of disease in the 19th century, turning to the decline of infectious diseases in the 20th century, and finally, the reemergence of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and H1N1 as precursors to our handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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