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A Lesson Learned from History on How to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 5, 2020

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Wear Masks and Socially Distance - Lessons from the Past: Almost 700 years ago, the overwhelmed physicians and health officials fighting a devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in medieval Italy had no notion of viruses or bacteria, but they understood enough about the Black Death to implement some of the world's first anti-contagion measures. Starting in 1348, soon after the plague arrived in cities like Venice and Milan, city officials put emergency public health measures in place that foreshadowed today's best practices of social distancing and disinfecting surfaces. The Adriatic port city of Ragusa (modern-day Dubrovnik, Croatia) was the first to pass legislation requiring the mandatory quarantine of all incoming ships and trade caravans in order to screen for infection. The order, which survived in the Dubrovnik archives, reads that on July 27, 1377, the city's Major Council passed a law “which stipulates that those who come from plague-infested areas shall not enter [Ragusa] or its district unless they spend a month on the islet of Mrkan or in the town of Cavtat, for the purpose of disinfection.“

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For more information about Target Health, contact Kathleen Kane Tremmel, Vice President, Business Development. For those who have been working with Warren Pearlson, Director, New Business Development, please continue to do so. For additional information about software tools for paperless clinical trials, please also feel free to contact Dr. Jules T. Mitchel. The Target Health software tools are designed to partner with both CROs and Sponsors. Also visit the Target Health Eating Website to see all of the fantastic recipes since 2012.

Joyce Hays, Founder and Editor in Chief of On Target

Dr. Jules T. Mitchel, Editor

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