Athens, Greece, and view of the ancient Parthenon Temple. Shutterstock.

Scientists Learn From The Past

One reason you need to focus on the past is that scientists learn from past viral events. They study the ways previous scientists helped fight off specific crises, like Ebola or even the Athens Plague of 430 B.C. While Athens didn’t have the study of science set up like the modern era, they still had people who worked hard to try to save as many people as possible. 

When looking at the Plague of Athens in 430 B.C., scientists note that one of the biggest problems they faced was overcrowding. It’s believed that if Ancient Greeks stayed further away from each other, the number of people who perished wouldn’t be as high. Another reason scientists point to an increase in the speed of the plague spreading is that Athens was in the middle of a war, which forced many people to take refuge close to each other.