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By Caroline Grady 01-04-2020

From Cholera To Coronavirus (Talking Politics – LRB)

(39 min listen)
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Summary (You can listen to the podcast by clicking here)

Parallels between the 19th century Cholera outbreak and the coronavirus include the disproportionate hit on the poor where people live closer together (coronavirus disproportionately attacks the old). Transmission was different (through water) but the same trade-off between free movement of people and goods and containing the disease. Throughout history disease was blamed on foreigners.