Quarantine in the Past & Social Distancing Today

Episode 3 - April 3, 2020
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Credit: Alex Chase-Levenson

Many of us are self-isolating and social distancing at home during the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic in a modern form of quarantine. Merle and Lee speak with the leading expert on historical quarantine in the 19th century, Alex Chase-Levenson to learn how quarantine developed, how it worked, and whether it was effective. They also discuss similarities and differences between the past and the present.

Our Guest

Alex Chase-Levenson

Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania