Can parallels be made between the bubonic plague of 1665 and the coronavirus crisis? Watch the first full episode of Epidemic: The Great Plague
Tragedy. Sacrifice. Disinformation. The historical records covering the devastating Bubonic Plague outbreak that swept through Europe in the 1600s have eerie similarities with the global coronavirus crisis. Can lessons be learned from this plague that we can apply today? Xand van Tulleken, Raksha Dave and John Sergeant trace the spread of the Great Plague of 1665 week by week and chart its impact.
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