Series: Other Bad Bugs We Have Known

COVID-19 is bad, but it’s just the lat­est in a long line of “bad bugs” that have plagued humans since time immemo­r­i­al. In this series, guest con­trib­u­tor David Musser takes a look at some of these and reminds us that we have a capac­i­ty to defeat, or at least tame them — if we just fol­low the science. 

Smallpox

Smallpox was bad; really, really bad. It was one of the most deadly diseases known to man. Throughout history, it killed many, many hundreds of millions of people. In the…

Polio

Polio struck fear and terror across America, especially for parents, throughout the first half of the 20th century. Images of children in wheelchairs, on crutches, in leg braces, and with…