The coronavirus isn’t the first pandemic in history. Long before you or your parents were born, an airborne plague spread across Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. Known as the black plague or bubonic plague, it killed over 20 million Europeans by attacking the lymphatic system until the infection spread to the blood or lungs. Those who had been infected got sick with black boils that oozed blood and pus.
At the time, physicians attempted to treat the infection, but the medications and methods used—from herbs to vinegar and boil lancing—were not really based on science. When the treatments did not work, many people even started doing rituals like flagellation.
Today, more than 600 years after the plague, the fields of science and medicine are a lot more sophisticated. Breakthroughs and innovations allowed people in the modern age to know how to protect themselves from outbreaks better, one of which is the current coronavirus pandemic. This is crucial, especially if you need to go to work.
Whether you’re in areas where strict lockdowns are still enforced or in places where COVID-19 policies are more relaxed, these health and safety tips will keep you virus-free.