Coronavirus

HISTORY OF CORONAVIRUS: HOW WILL IT END? On December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization to the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., making the Pfizer-BioNTech injection the first to be administered. Yesterday, the FDA also approved the second candidate from Moderna-BioNTech. While having a vaccine is a necessary…

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Bring Out Your Dead

HISTORY OF HOW PANDEMICS END: IMPLICATIONS FOR TODAY’S COVID-19 With the COVID-19 pandemic on everyone’s mind, the natural question is:   How have pandemics ended in the past… and what can we learn from these historical lessons? As a follow-up to the article I wrote at the beginning of the COVID “lockdown” back in March,…

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Vaccines

HISTORY OF VACCINES: WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CORONAVIRUS Today, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they are submitting their Coronavirus vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Approval. What are vaccines, when were they first developed, and what is the road to an approved vaccine in today’s world? “Vaca” in the word vaccine sounds…

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HISTORY OF OKTOBERFEST Why is the famous German beer festival held in September if it’s called Oktoberfest? Officially, the beer festival starts the third Saturday in September through early October for 16 to 18 days. But not this year, Oktoberfest 2020 has been canceled due to to the Coronavirus pandemic. So let’s look back at…

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COVID-19

HISTORY OF PANDEMICS Our generation, at least in the U.S., has never seen anything like Coronavirus. But previous generations have. Throughout most of recorded history, untreatable disease on either a local or global basis has been part of the human condition for every generation. But our generation has been spared from pandemics for the most…

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Lima Flag

The word we use for restricting the movement of an individual or group of people to prevent the further spread of a disease is often, though mistakenly, used synonymously with the word isolation. Isolation, particularly medical isolation, is the separation of people who are sick with a contagious illness from those who are healthy. Quarantine,…

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Death_Mask

HISTORY OF FAITH IN A TIME OF PLAGUE When the Black Death passed through Europe, coming across the Asian steppes and through trading ships in Constantinople, it visited Athens, the ports of Italy, and then north into the heart of Europe. In just one day, the infection could show signs of fever, delirium, speech disorders,…

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