The great human misery and loss of life caused by the Covid-19 pandemic around the world prompts humans to learn some important lessons from this pandemic and other pandemics/epidemics throughout history. Despite the fact that Covid-19 vaccines are being developed at a rapid pace and that an increasing number of people are being vaccinated, the high death tolls and severe suffering caused by the infectious Covid-19 disease around the world have exposed our ignorance of the disease, the limitations of modern medicine, and the severe vulnerability of public health systems. The more we learn about coronaviruses (and other little invisible pathogens) and the diseases they have caused in the past, the better equipped we will be to combat the pathogens and save lives. This paper quickly examined the pandemics/epidemics in history and the death tolls they caused, highlighted some connected elements, and identified three tendencies of pandemics/epidemics in history to provide a historical perspective and to bridge the knowledge gap. This paper also expanded the discussion to include the survival and extinction histories of specific species on Earth, as well as a look into the future of possible climate change and environmental changes in our Solar system, as well as questions about human survival or extinction in the far future (billions of years later). According to the report, such deep learning from the epidemic is required to save human lives, end the pandemic, prevent future large-scale pandemics, and possibly even help avert human extinction in the future.
Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121, US.
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