Over the past 70 years we,

living in the richer nations,

have gradually lost

our sense of danger

concerning epidemics

and serious infections.

This is a consequence

of better vaccines,

improved health infrastructure

and other medicines

such as antibiotics

that essentially drove

serious community infections out of vision.

This was not true everywhere in the world,

where infections and epidemics

continued to ravage the poorer regions.

We in the richer world must now reacquire

this instinctive memory post COVID-19.