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Epidemic

Not only the coronavirus itself scares, but also the unknown. The author of the film «Epidemic» Igor Leonov once again reminds that nothing new is actually happening now. His interlocutors — a Russian epidemiologist, virologist and biologist working in the United States — place the modern epidemic in a cultural and historical context (the Middle Ages, they say, suffered much more). Epidemiologists have repeatedly encountered similar diseases — only in the 21st century, humanity was attacked by three different coronaviruses (scientists could have developed a vaccine 17 years ago if they had been provided with funding). Social distancing, quarantines, access regimes and even infodemics are old inventions. Pushkin, during a three-month self-isolation in Boldino, wrote «Eugene Onegin», «Belkin’s Tales» and «Little Tragedies» — he was spending time with benefit while the cholera epidemic was raging.

If we draw an analogy between the COVID-19 epidemic and World War II, then we are still somewhere in 1943. The vaccine will need to be tested, and to get used to the restrictions. But why are we so afraid of the new coronavirus, although there have been worse epidemics in history? The humanization of society is evident: we began to value human life higher and do not want to put up with even smaller losses. We must also learn to appreciate the epidemiologists. They say there are only 200 of them left in the world.