Health and Medicine

How the Rich Reacted to the Bubonic Plague Has Eerie Similarities to Today’s Pandemic

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

By Kathryn McKinley

The Conversation

The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role, with a combination of job security, access to health care and mobility widening the gap in infection and mortality rates between rich and poor.

The wealthy work remotely and flee to resorts or pastoral second homes, while the urban poor are packed into small apartments and compelled to keep showing up to work.

As a medievalist, I’ve seen a version of this story before.


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  1. The wealthy have always been the first to take their money and run, when permitted to do so, in response to wars, plagues, and other disasters.

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