Viral Movement

On what the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about human flow

“Western civilization has been extraordinarily expansive in the last five hundred years, creating numerous give-and-take relationships between society and disease, as disease and concepts of it followed in the path of imperialism, diverted its course, and were diverted by it. And while the age of formal imperialism has largely passed, the world is more closely interlinked than ever, thanks to the combined pressures of aggressive commerce, swift transportation, and phenomenal contemporary communication and information technology. Disease history in the twenty-first century will be global.”

The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Responses in Western History by J.N. Hays

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