A quote by Petrarch on the Black Death. You will learn more about Petrarch soon, as he rightfully considered to be the founder of humanism, the great intellectual movement behind the Renaissance.
The quote in the post makes it clear how much we can learn from the past. Luckily the current pandemic is has a mortality rate estimated to be 0.6% compared to 33% for the black death of the 14th century.
"The Great World History Book"