This is not the first time that humans have been confronted by pandemic disease. Historians have long studied these pandemics, taught their lessons, and preached to be prepared for the next one. In summer 2020, Origins has embarked on a special project to help us better understand Covid-19 by running a series of essays, podcasts, and videos putting the pandemic in historical perspective. This month, historian Jim Harris provides an overview of pandemics from the ancient world to the modern. We invite readers to learn more about coronavirus and pandemics by visiting this page and to do so regularly as we will keep adding new stories. Stay safe.

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