Most pandemics last 1 year-fixed

The Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., meets online Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Image courtesy of Susan Hay.

Below is a chart I made up from Wikipedia of a portion of the plagues, pandemics and epidemics that have hit since the third century.  About half lasted a year.


A few days ago I sent out a list of when quarantine started and which were used in which outbreaks.  So, we see quarantining has always been a practice.

You will notice above that about half of the epidemics/pandemics lasted a year.  Of the many I went through on Wikipedia, over all half lasted one year.

Does this mean perhaps some organizations and church might think about year-long alternative arrangements to meeting inside their building.  Drive-in theater method? Pews with spacers? Zoom? What? Does anything substitute for seeing each other in person, even at a distance?

Share your experiences and ideas.

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