Month: March 2020

Virus Escapees’ Dilemma: Borders Without Doctors for 03/31/2020

In “The Decameron,” seven women and three men leave plague-tormented Florence for a villa in the hills, where they tell one another bawdy stories. Written nearly 700 years ago, the tale remains fresh, as affluent New Yorkers try to escape the coronavirus outbreak by moving into their second homes at the beach or in the woods.

But there are two big differences. In Renaissance Italy, people living outside the city didn’t patrol their borders.

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