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COVID-19: Discussion Board Post

It is a well-known and widely accepted perspective that historical events tend to repeat or at least resemble previous times. Even though most of the predictions often seem unreliable, people can still learn a lot from history or observe specific facts. The same can be applied to the contemporary issue connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global problem can be analyzed and discussed through the history of previous world epidemics. In the current paper, such observations will be made and addressed.

First of all, if looking back at history, as at the 1918 flu pandemic, it can be said that the current COVID-19 crisis is just a temporary slowdown in life expectancy’s improvement. The recovery process will likely begin shortly, and global life expectancy continues to rise (Shaw-Taylor, 2020). Moreover, it should be highlighted that the late sixteenth century or European expansion created the basis for global pandemics, and it cannot be reversed. Furthermore, even though COVID-19 is highly contagious, its case-fatality rate is lower compared with the 1918 flu mentioned above pandemic (Shaw-Taylor, 2020). Thus, from a global perspective, the world is going through another difficulty, but not on the brink of disaster. One of the most important conclusions is that the current pandemic is not the last one, as people believed recently.

In conclusion, people cannot foresee the future; however, history is a great tool to analyze possible development scenarios. For instance, the COVID-19 crisis can be analyzed in terms of past pandemics. Looking at the previous global epidemics, it can be said that COVID is a temporal disruption of the increase in life expectancy. Moreover, it is clear that it is not the last pandemic, and the world needs to be prepared for the kind of natural difficulties for humanity in the past.


Shaw-Taylor, L. (2020). COVID-19: The long view. The University of Cambridge. Web.

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