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The end of coronavirus: what plague literature tells us about our future

12 mins | May 10, 2020

There’s nothing unprecedented about the coronavirus lockdown — and pandemics do end. From Thucydides to Camus, there are plenty of reminders about epidemics and what happens next. "Over millennia, there has been a consistent pattern to behaviour during epidemics: the hoarding, the panicking, the fear, the blaming, the superstition, the selfishness, the surprising heroism, the fixation with the numbers of the reported dead, the boredom during quarantine." Writing in the Guardian, Marcel Theroux explores.

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From The Guardian