Our telephone conversations with family and friends center around the COVID-19 pandemic. Most seems to be following the news with fascinated attention. Microbiologist, virologist, immunologist, biotechnologist, we are inundated with highly trained medical professionals giving their view points on television.
So as a non-medical individual how does one sort out so much data and information? Does one really care who among the basketball players or entertainers have positive COVID-19 test?
What we’ve learned from past pandemics, March 17, 2020 by Tim McDonell, Climate Reporter. He gives interesting anecdotes on Shakespeare (1590) and Sir Issac Newton (1665) during pandemics.
Quarantine comes from the Italian “quarantina” translated as 40 days.
qz.com/1820233/what-past- pandemics-can-teach-us-about- responding-to-coronavirus/amp/
Tom Mockaitis’ article is titled, What we can learn from past pandemics. He is a professor of History at DePaul University and teaches World Civilizations.
thehill.com/opinion/white- house/487111-what-we-can- learn-from-past-pandemics% 3famp
These articles, I believe, are based on historical facts and may alleviate fear, misinformation and exaggerations dispersed by some in the media.
Aloha -- Cathi