A KILLER ON THE LOOSE
COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic two years ago today.
The bad actor, a coronavirus variant, primarily infects the upper and lower respiratory systems. Coronaviruses are not new, and another coronavirus variant is one of the viruses associated to cause the common cold.
But this virus with the catchy name of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 is considerably more virulent than its relatives. Its impact, death toll, and control measures are well documented.
COVID-19 is in the process to turn from a pandemic to an endemic disease likely this year, meaning it will be around, but at low, or manageable levels of infection. Other endemic diseases include chicken pox, the common flu, malaria, hepatitis B, etc.
Here is a world map by Woodbridge from 1831 when many more things were commonly deadly to people, like a deep cut or water out of a river.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.