New Smithsonian exhibit explores pandemics and infectious diseases
In particular, how pathogens might move from nature and wildlife to humans and tracking those outbreaks over a period of time.
The exhibit opens nearly 100 years after the Great Influenza pandemic, which took the lives of roughly 3 and 5 percent of the population, according to the Smithsonian.
“Exploring pandemic risks in this ecological context is part of our mission as a museum to understand the natural world and the place of humans within it,” said Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History in a statement.
The exhibit will take a closer look at the migration of these illnesses, how they manifest and spread in urban settings as well as the consequences they may have on the global population.
Some specific diseases mentioned in the exhibit are Nipah virus, SARS and HIV. The exhibit will remain open to the public at the Natural History museum for the next three years.