Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

King Soloman in Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us that “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” President Harry S. Truman stated that, “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Many plagues beside Covid-19 have occurred over history, and awareness of the history of epidemics, health programs, solutions and social policies used to combat them can guide us toward a more stable society and healthy future.

1) Plagues of Yunan province China 1855 spread to India killing 15 million.

2) The Great plague of London 1665-1666 killed 100,000. Quarantined houses had a Red Cross painted on the house to warn people to stay away. Children sang a little song: “Ring-a-round the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down!

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