Covid-19 in the History of Pandemics
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Chairperson: Fabio Roversi-Monaco
The infective agents that have caused epidemics and pandemics throughout history manifest biological traits strictly linked to their origins. For example, parasitic protozoans and chronic infection agents accompanied mankind along its evolutionary journey, when human communities were small and nomadic. Numerous bacteria and viruses passed from domesticated animals to mankind following the transition to agriculture, evolving up to the time of the Industrial Age and health control measures. Globalisation has fostered the emergence of new infections in humans deriving from contact with wild animals. These can develop into pandemics due to population density and the widespread, rapid movement of people across the globe.