What the history of pandemics can tell us about COVID-19

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has.

Epidemiologists, the scientists who track the incidents and spread of diseases are always on the lookout for the next big outbreak, but predicting the future is tricky, so they often look back to the past.

Fortunately, the IEA’s Digital Manager Darren Grimes could rely upon the IEA’s in-house historian and Head of Education, Dr Steve Davies, to take us through the history of pandemics and what they can tell us about what we’re living through today.