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The blessings of the Black Death

  • August 18, 2020

Check out this online article (written in Dutch), published in the most recent edition of EOS Science. HOST members Bart Lambert and Wouter Ryckbosch, together with Nel De Mûelenaere, write about the social and economic impact of epidemics in history.

Reflecting on well known examples ranging from the Black Death until the Spanish flu, they attribute considerable importance to the societal context in which these health crises took place. While controlling the intensity of an epidemic proves very difficult to do, the authors conclude that the impact of societal factors such as wealth distribution and the organization of the economy are much more in our own hands if it comes to the outcome of an epidemic.

Food for thought in the current global corona crisis!