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News from the University of Rochester Department of History

Opinion: will COVID-19 spur a revamp of US health care?

The coronavirus pandemic "has exposed the limits of such an individualistic approach" to health care, says Mical Raz, the Charles E. and Dale L. Phelps Professor in Public Policy, in the Washington Post. (Getty Images photo)

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Coronavirus in Context

Now perhaps more than ever, an understanding of history can help inspire us and motivate action in the present. Here, two faculty members share how their perspectives on history inform their thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pablo Sierra Silva

"COVID-19 has made me reassess the devastating impact of the 1918 influenza. That pandemic was far more lethal, but also tragic in that it killed the healthiest and youngest members of society. That the influenza followed the carnage of World War I must have felt apocalyptic to survivors of both."

Laura Smoller

"My mind keeps returning to Camus's The Plague and Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, because both Camus and Defoe manage to affirm the dignity of basic human decency (through Camus's Dr. Rieux and Defoe's Waterman). As a medievalist, I do often find my mind returning to Boccaccio's Decameron as well."

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Under social distancing guidelines issued by the University, New York State, and the CDC, the Department of History will be reevaluating the status of normally scheduled events. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page when they become available.

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