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What the History of Pandemics Can Teach Us About Resilience

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Five years ago, I decided to write a novel set in the aftermath of a terrible pandemic.

The novel was an alternate history, a revisionist Western set in the 19th century, and I ended up doing copious research on everything from cattle brands to midwifery. But I’m somewhat embarrassed to say now that my research on public health disasters was relatively slight. Essentially, I pulled up a list of flu outbreaks, picked one that best suited my plot (an 1830 pandemic that may have begun in China), and started writing.

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Comment by Rob Kall:

So, pandemics accelerate trends. I wonder if there's a way to accelerate some positive trends. There should be.

Submitted on Monday, Apr 5, 2021 at 9:25:08 AM

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