COVID-19: History of Science Goes Viral

Blog by Ruben Verwaal

On 27 March 2020, the UvA professor Claes de Vreese launched the “Social Science and Humanities & COVID-19 portal”. His aim was to showcase the expertise of academics working on health communication, trade and economic consequences, privacy and contract law, and numerous other useful topics. Surprisingly, scholars in the history of science and medicine were absent. 

So is history not useful? Does the history of epidemics – including past mistakes – not show us how we can cope with COVID-19 today?

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