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  1. What Happens When a Pandemic Intersects With an Epidemic? (Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco)

    Persons experiencing addiction may be at very high risk of infectious disease like COVID-19 due to high rates of smoking, recent imprisonment, conditions like HIV/AIDS, and high-risk behaviors (Ezzati et al. 2002; Farhoudian, et al. 2020). During the COVID-19 pandemic, most courts have shuttered, and treatment center admissions have halted, yet the opioid crisis rages on. Addiction intersects with material hardship, trauma, broken institutions, and human frailty in a multidimensional web of disadvantage (Desmond and Western 2018)—a process illustrated by COVID-19. 

  2. How Might a Study of the History of Sociology Inform the Discipline’s Response to the Pandemic? (History of Sociology)

    Section members responding to this question drew on past crises for warnings and exemplars for contemporary sociology. Full versions of these responses can be found in Timelines issue 29.

    The Cholera Pandemic 1854-1860