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Covid Will Be an Era, Not a Crisis That Fades

By Gina Kolata

12 Oct 2021 · 3 min read

The skeletons move across a barren landscape toward the few helpless and terrified people still living. The scene, imagined in a mid-16th-century painting, “The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, illuminated the psychic effect of the bubonic plague.

It was a terror that lingered even as the disease receded, historians say.

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