In this guide you will find sources to inform you about featured historical plagues, as well as some of their connections to COVID-19. Some of these are accessible with one click, while others might require you to login with your Borrower ID/PIN (Borrower ID is your VID and the PIN is the last four digits of your VID). Contact Librarian Ciara Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help accessing any of the sources.
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From Smithsonian Magazine, this article from April 2020 discusses the historical impact of the Antonine Plague, as well as its similarities to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The article discusses the history of pandemics and the increasing vulnerability of populations to pandemics. Topics explored include the distinction between pandemic and epidemic particularly in terms of geographic transmission, brief details about the 1889 and 1918 influenza pandemics, and the significant transmission rate recorded for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
From Science News, this article mentions the reference of a contagion known as the Antonine Plague in Roman Empire that made an impact on social and economic development like the coronavirus pandemic.
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This scholarly article dives into the account of the Antonine Plague from the perspective of Galen, the Roman physician who witnessed it first-hand.