This newsreel was shown around the country in December 1960. The last segment talks about the Sabin polio vaccine.
In November 1968, an article in the journal Nature suggested a new type of virus had been discovered. Under the microscope, the virus looked like the sun’s corona, so the suggestion was named to name the new virus “coronavirus.”
The arrival and spread of coronavirus, and the interventions against it, have caused a commotion in the stock market. Has this happened with previous pandemics?
In 1904, an anti-vaccine uprising almost brought down the Brazilian government. A combination of social strife and lack of confidence in the government boiled over when new vaccine requirements were about to be enforced by public health authorities with the backing of the police.
In 1918, most correspondence was written by hand or typed. It was all on paper. Today, it is mostly digital. Here we share a letter from 1918 about the influenza pandemic and, at the end of the blog post, a social media posting about the coronavirus situation from a random person online.