Pandemic and Panic: A Teacher’s Perspective

Fair Winds & Following Seas

Caveat: I’m not a virologist, epidemiologist, biologist, or a medical doctor. I’ll only speak to the situation from my observations as a history teacher.

So the big thing going around now (as of the winter of 2019-2020) is COVID-19 (AKA Coronavirus). You’ve probably heard of it. I can’t speak to the biology or virology of it, but let me give some observations I’ve noticed as a history teacher.

History Repeats Itself

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Ever wondered where those funny looking masks come from? That’s a plague doctor.

This isn’t the first time the world has seen major outbreaks of disease, either as epidemics or pandemics. I won’t haggle over the death tolls here, but many of us remember the H1N1 “Swine Flu” in 2009 and SARS in the early 2000s. If you study history, then you may have heard of something called the Spanish Flu of 1918…

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