Life beyond COVID-19
Social effects of the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Black Plague, and COVID
COVID-19 affects nearly every aspect of daily life, from religious worship to grocery shopping to voting. It is almost difficult to imagine how things were before. Interestingly, there are many parallels with two historical health crises: the 1918 Flu and the medieval Black Plague. The former is often mentioned as a point of reference for today’s psychological and social effects, while the latter has also received renewed attention. Questions/topics to be addressed: How does the 1918 Flu Pandemic compare to COVID-19? What was the Black Plague? What are the social effects of widespread health crises? What commonalities do these three events share?
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