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CGHH blogpost on COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on 14 September 2020

A new briefing from the Global Health Histories project (GHH) looks at the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of recent history.

‘Panic and pandemic: learning from history’ draws on material presented at a GHH seminar in March 2020 and focuses particularly on the situation in China. It looks at the way in which the Chinese government and health system handled two previous outbreaks of disease: cholera in the 1960s and SARS in the first decade of this century. These measures in China laid the foundations for the way this country responded to COVID-19. They also expose some of the wider issues involved in controlling the pandemic, both in China and elsewhere – compounded by the uniquely 21st-century issue of social media.

The full seminar can be listened to here: COVID19: Inter-disciplinary approaches (GHH Seminar 144, March 2020) Speakers: Dr Owain Williams (University of Leeds), Dr Fang Xiaoping (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore); Dr Kate Mason (Brown University)

We thank the Wellcome Trust for their support in organising these seminars.