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Health Crises throughout History (January 2022): Conclusion & COVID-19

Conclusion & COVID-19

A multitude of diseases, epidemics, and pandemics have existed throughout the centuries, many of which have been described in this work. But Mark Honingsbaum focuses on those that existed only within the last century that help shape public perception, health and governmental response, scientific remedies, and the functionality of society during such crises. Published prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris takes on the most prominent outbreaks such as the 1918 Flu, Aids, SARS, Ebola, and Zika to analyze the progression of diseases in an attempt to understand their impact on society.  

Nima Rezaei’s Coronavirus Disease—COVID-19 is a detailed investigation into the scientific findings surrounding Coronavirus intended to better explain its medical characteristics. Beyond the data, the work explores the social, economic, and educational impact that COVID-19 has had. Like others before it, the virus has had an effect on many aspects of ordinary life, including the education. Tony Breslin’s Lessons from Lockdown: The Educational Legacy of COVID-19 addresses how children, parents, and teachers have faced this overwhelming crisis. The pandemic certainly has created cause for concern not only for safety but also for the implementation of a reasonable education. 

As seen from previous viruses before COVID-19, society continues to function through a crisis despite overwhelming obstacles. However, one common feature among these diseases is that society bares these hardships together, often despite region, race, or religion and learns to adapt, grow, document, and understand that a sense of community often spreads quicker than a virus.

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