Past Pandemics and Modern Misconceptions

To many, the quarantine measures of the last few months may seemed unprecedented. Remaining indoors, staying distanced from friends, loved ones, and even strangers on the street, planning grocery shopping ahead of time like a military operation and being constantly aware of your surroundings is draining and definitely not what we are used to. The notion of these regulations as purely modern is, however, inaccurate. Medieval cities throughout Europe had many regulations regarding public hygiene that were strictly and regularly enforced with a view towards preserving the people’s greater health.

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