Being a historian during the Covid 19 Quarantine provides a different and useful perspective, one that challenges - and comforts.
Historians bring a distinct perspective to cataclysmic events such as the 2020 Covid pandemic. Aware of earlier crises from the Black Death to the 1918 influenza from Kansas (not Spain) to high infant mortality for centuries, historians react differently to such outbreaks now and can both challenge and reassure the American public during it. Bringing additional data points to analyze our situation can show key issues and the take upheavals more seriously yet reassure students and the public in the face of dire broadcast news predictions that humanity will indeed survive, if with much suffering. This lecture considers various crises in our history to share both comfort and warnings for today.