The Plague

What the Black Death can teach us about Covid-19

Lessons from the bubonic plague's spread through Europe can offer a roadmap for our future.

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In pre-Covid-19 times, the word “pandemic” typically conjured up visions of the Black Death that raged through Europe in the 14th century, killing 30-60 percent of the country’s population.

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We also tend to think of that time as one isolated event — something that happened, and then ended.