Curation of best articles on the COVID-19 pandemic

The Long View on Epidemics, Disease and Public Health:Research from Economic History: The editors of the main journals in economic history have thus gathered a selection of the recently-published articles on epidemics, disease and public health, generously made available by publishers to the public, free of access, so that we may continue to learn from the decisions of humans and policy makers confronting earlier episodes of widespread disease and pandemics.

Humanity’s Greatest Foe: Pandemics Through the Ages : Surplus populations fueled not only cities but armies. And civilized communities were constantly beset by two grave menaces, infectious diseases and other human beings organized and armed for pillage and plunder—or as McNeill styles it, “microparasitism” and “macroparasitism.”

This is why Germany’s coronavirus death rate seems so low: Despite recording over 35,000 coronavirus cases, Germany has just 181 deaths – fewer than the UK or France. It all comes down to a combination of demographics, testing, and chance

Covid-19: When will states run out of beds?: If Covid-19 cases keep multiplying at the current rate, and do so for a sustained period, India’s hospitals may be overwhelmed by the end of May, or even sooner in an extreme scenario. Further, some states will reach a point where they will not have enough hospital beds to treat critical Covid-19 patients much sooner than others, notably Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab.

How we know ending social distancing will lead to more deaths, in one chart: In 1918, the world was ravaged by a horrible flu pandemic, which was linked to as many as 100 million deaths globally and about 675,000 deaths in the US. In response, cities across America adopted a variety of social distancing measures to combat the pandemic. Based on several studies of the period, these measures worked to reduce the death toll overall.