In The Great Leveler, a book that attracted considerable attention, historian Walter Scheidel argues that throughout human history, deadly pandemics have been one of four events/triggers (along with large-scale wars, state failure, and revolutions) that tend to bring greater equality. According to him, the Black Death pandemic of the mid-14th century wiped out about a […]
COVID-19 Data: What are we counting?
How many people have been infected by SARS-CoV-2? How many deaths have occurred? Nobody really knows the exact figures. There is a consensus that data on the number of COVID-19 pandemic cases and deaths are far from being exact. Additionally, in most cases, what is available for most users in national and international databases, dashboards, […]