Dhe great epidemics of the past centuries heralded drastic social changes. Whether plague or cholera, AIDS or Ebola – they have all turned the world upside down and ultimately radically modernized it. Even after the corona epidemic, our world will be different.
“Like all pandemics,” writes medical historian Frank M. Snowden from Yale University in the recently updated preface to his epochal work “Epidemics and Society”, “Covid-19 is not a coincidental event. Epidemics hit societies through the specific vulnerabilities that humans have created through their relationships with the environment, with other species and with one another. The microbes that cause pandemics are those that evolution has best equipped to fill the ecological niches that we have created ourselves. “