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Coronovirus: What can the ‘plague village’ of Eyam teach us?

Past Master Edward Sawney used to live near the village of Eyam and has shared this fascinating BBC article. It draws comparisons with our current times in particular with ‘lockdown’.

The people of the village of Eyam decided to isolate themselves when the plague arrived in September 1665. They took this decision to stop the disease spreading to surrounding villages and beyond. This brave move undoubtedly stopped the spread of the plague but had devastating consequences for the families of Eyam. Within eight days, one mother buried her husband and six children, but she survived.

Scientists now use this village as a study to learn how some people survived, how isolating themselves eventually stopped the spread, and how a virus is transmitted.

Eyam is in the Peak District national park in Derbyshire.

Read the full, fascinating article here: BBC news Derbyshire


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