COVID-19: Insights from history

Professor Mark Harrison and Dr Claas Kirchhelle discuss.

By Sarah Whitebloom

Self-isolation, lock-downs, economic chaos and closed borders: responses to today’s COVID-19 pandemic have their roots in history. In the past, there has also been panic-buying, attempted flight, fake news, quack remedies, beleaguered health authorities and a race for vaccines – all in the face of millions of deaths.

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