6 Minute English - Coronavirus vs other pandemics

Hear about coronavirus and how it isn’t that bad compared to historical pandemics

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English on nail really had enough of this coronavirus, Georgina people getting sick losing their jobs. And to top it all the pubs in some places are closed. I know it's bad now, but compared to historical pandemics like the Spanish food and economic crises like the Great Depression coronavirus isn't actually so you've got to look at the bigger picture the longtime overall view of a complex situation. We had love from politicians and scientists about the spread of coronavirus but historians view might give us a fresh look at the bigger picture. I may be a more hateful point of you turn. This program will be hearing from historian Peter frankopan. Also a best-selling book the Silk Roads.

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Question Georgina. Are you ready to have a gun? I'll try now, but the only thing I know about the Silk Roads is that they were the ancient roots are non-white people travel with the us through, but also ideas religions languages and diseases travel from place to place along these ancient roads the where exactly did the Silk Roads run. That's my quiz question. Was it a from South America to Europe from Africa to Asia with sea from Asia to Europe Asia to Europe? Okay, Georgina will find out later if that's right. What sudden is that disease passing from place to place and from animals to humans is nothing new listen to historian. Peter frankopan being interviewed for the BBC program. Hardtalk diseases are spread.

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Widespread disease is nothing new ancestors who lived through big Titanic some of them which were much more lethal than a virus. I want the productive living together in high-density populations. Go back as far as historical records go is you find that their transitions of disease from animals to human beings and they they affect damaged. Damaged typically Elijah in mortality rate economics and social consequences of disease either the most symmetrical and from compared to coronavirus other big pandemics in history have been much more lethal dangerous enough to cause that one reason Pizza gifts for this is the high density of populations, meaning people living together in buildings, very close to one another in olden days. This included living together with Anna making the transmission of disease to humans much easier infested rats, which spread the plague across Europe in the Middle Ages.

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People live in very different ways from people live in centuries ago. So how can we explain the spread of the coronavirus? I have some countries been able to deal with it so much better than others. He has Peter frankopan again to a King on the BBC's on talk and see if you can spot his own. So maybe it will need you didn't then you have a different date you have a different level of connectivity with the rest of the world. If you are country. UK, which is the central Global flight routes that needs to come true. You could just brighten couch much quicker. The school called is very mixed and that means some democratic systems are being extremely resilient in reverse a tat dissipating it and some little bit wrong geographically peripheral at the periphery of edge of things instead of Center Alexa Presque Isle.

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Why are planes visiting are passengers who spread the disease or one of the reasons behind Britain's dose of coronavirus experience safe on the historical Viewpoint? This car comes down? It doesn't seem so bad. If your people have died than in previous times on it. I'm with your arrival of a vaccine the end is in sight, I guess so Georgina, but for now at least the pubs are still closed in some places. Anyway, it was interesting to hear how diseases have been spreading since ancient times. It's like the Silk Roads you mean so what was he homosexual quiz question now was I right from Asia to Europe which they ran from Japan and the Far East Asia and the Middle East bringing trade and spices as well as new ideas and languages to Europe.

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U of A complex situation, let's recap the other vocabulary to diseases can be lethal extremely dangerous even causing death rate. I Stay Together peripheral countries may be less at risk from pandemics because they are at the periphery or edge of events instead of at the center cost wasteful of by airplanes might get a less serious dose or unpleasant experience of coronavirus experience talking to your friends about trending stories in the news, and if you like topical discussions, I want to learn how to use the FAQ Apple refund in headlines. Why not check out on you to be podcast remember to join us sitting at 6 in English and download a free app from your usual App Store so you can follow BBC learning English is social media is well. Goodbye for now.

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