Put COVID-19 into a Historical Context

Is this the first time the world has faced a health crisis like COVID-19? Nope. From the bubonic plague, which stalked humans from the 1300s to the 1600s, to the Spanish influenza of the early twentieth century, humans have long battled invisible enemies.

The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1562

This can be a good thing to remember, especially if you’re a kid. Children and teenagers are listening to the news broadcasts, they’re following the story on their social apps, and they’re overhearing the concern and fear in the voices of the adults around them. And many of them are staying home from school for an unplanned, extended time period. Being out of your usual routine can be a nightmare for some kids.

It’s a lot to take in, even for adults. What can we do? Besides, of course, wash our hands.

For one thing, as always, it’s important to get your information from credible sources. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are your go-to sites for information on CORVID-19. John Hopkins University has information along with an interactive worldwide map of infections.

If your children are learning from home, you might be interested in some educational resources. Check out the Nomad Press Learning Center for lots of free activities, lessons, and ebooks. Plus, one our favorite children’s authors, Kate Messner, has put together Read, Wonder, and Learn, a listing of videos, activities, and other resources for kids who are distance-learning.

And for help explaining to kids why they have to stay home, check out this comic from NPR. Actually, there’s plenty for adults to learn in there, too!

And to help put the current pandemic into a historical context, take a look at this sample chapter from a Nomad book by Judy Dodge Cummings, Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases.

Click here to read Chapter 1 – The Great Mortality: Bubonic Plague

Epidemics and Pandemics: Real Tales of Deadly Diseases

 

Stay healthy out there!

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