Frank Snowden

Frank Snowden is Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, from which this essay is adapted.
Image of COVID-19 virus. Graphic by Bianca Ibarlucea.

COVID-19 Spread While the World Slept

335 new diseases emerged between 1960 and 2004. Why weren't we ready for this one?
Frank Snowden
April 27, 2020