A digital archive and student reflections from Contextualizing COVID-19: Plight, Pandemic and Policy, a history course offered at the University of Guelph in Fall 2020 and Summer 2021.
Together, students in this course put COVID-19 in historical perspective through lectures from 15 faculty members from Guelph's History Department on topics including medieval and early modern plagues, the 1918 and other pandemics, the history of vaccination and public health, the rise of hospitals, as well as tourism and sports in times of disruption. Students were tasked with documenting their own experiences during the pandemic, creating an archive of the documents that they believe represent their experiences, and then reflecting on the different ways that their own experiences differ from or reflect the experiences of people in the past. Feel free to explore this unique collection of student's experience of life during the pandemic.
Street art - graffiti with facial mask on the wall during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Warsaw, Poland
Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).