Of plagues, genocides and the coronavirusLast Sunday in the city of Baltimore, they tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the harbour. It was wrong because Columbus was not a slave owner -- no Europeans owned slaves in his time. In the Americas, however, farming cultures with dense populations and cities were thousands of years newer and they had no defences against Eurasian diseases. But the whole process is relevant to us because Covid-19 is just a current example of the same problem. New, highly infectious diseases are a chronic issue in mass societies like ours and always will be.
Source: Bangkok Post July 09, 2020 23:26 UTC