Differences in the viruses' biology and societal contexts mean there's no guarantee today's pandemic will mirror the 'waves' of infection a century ago.
June 4, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: influenza history-of-medicine covid-19 pandemic sars-cov-2 1918-flu-pandemic h1n1-influenza virology second-wave
A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
April 14, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: history-of-medicine maternal-mortality handwashing history-of-science hand-washing disease-control contagion cleanliness handwashing-and-coronavirus
Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
March 25, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: history-of-medicine infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus history ebola pandemic rift-valley-fever wuhan world-health-organization sars-cov-2 2019-ncov epidemics new-coronavirus world-health-organization-who norovirus wuhan-coronavirus lassa-fever cholera bush-meat ebola-virus ebola-virus-disease rift-valley-fever-virus ebola-zaire ebola-blame covid-19-pandemic
Grisly early experiments laid the foundation of our understanding of how to keep organs 'alive' in isolation.
March 11, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: history-of-medicine medicine surgery organ-transplant interdisciplinarity blood french-revolution
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Feb. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: history-of-medicine infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus history ebola rift-valley-fever wuhan world-health-organization 2019-ncov epidemics new-coronavirus wuhan-coronavirus lassa-fever cholera ebola-virus ebola-virus-disease rift-valley-fever-virus
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