What history tells us about killer viruses

Historians and other experts who have researched epidemics and their impact on history say some killer viruses have a lasting impact on the community even after things are back to normal. «Killer viruses have had enormous historical consequences,» Jared Diamond, a professor in the Department of Geography at University of California, Los Angeles, said in an email interview with The Korea Times. «One of the biggest was the role of smallpox, measles and other European-introduced diseases in facilitating the European conquest of Native Americans 500 years ago.»

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