Learning from Past Pandemics: How Disease Has Shaped Our World

The current coronavirus crisis has introduced a flurry of new phrases into our collective vocabulary, including “social distancing,” “sheltering in place,” and “flattening the curve.” And among the many adjectives pundits, newscasters, and heads of state have used to describe this pandemic, “unprecedented” ranks close to the top. In fact, according to Google Trends, global searches…