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    The New York Times CompanyGINA KOLATA5/10/2010 min
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    The New York Times Company
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    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      This is a depressing article. Even if/when this pandemic ends, another will be around the corner waiting. The line about bodies stacked “like cords of wood” really put the visual in gear, as did the pus oozing from sores that clung to sheets that, when the person is turned, rips all their skin off!

    • pandemia1 year ago

      The challenge, Dr. Brandt said, is that there will be no sudden victory. Trying to define the end of the epidemic “will be a long and difficult process.”

    • Alexa
      Scout
      1 year ago

      Some hid in their homes. Others refused to accept the threat. Their way of coping, Boccaccio wrote, was to “drink heavily, enjoy life to the full, go round singing and merrymaking, and gratify all of one’s cravings when the opportunity emerged, and shrug the whole thing off as one enormous joke.”

      this 14th century account sounds rather familiar

      • Florian
        Reading streak
        1 year ago

        I thought the same. Sounds like humans haven’t changed all that much

        • Alexa
          Scout
          1 year ago

          We are remarkably set in our ways, some sort of cultural evolution thing?

    • Florian
      Reading streak
      1 year ago

      The challenge, Dr. Brandt said, is that there will be no sudden victory. Trying to define the end of the epidemic “will be a long and difficult process.”