THE CONFIDENT response by health authorities around the world that although there is a case of bubonic plague in China it poses no real threat is reassuring.

The bubonic plague wiped out over half the world's population in the 14th century but we now have treatment for it that means it could never affect the world as it once did.

People in the 14th century didn't have a clue how to combat the evil that was devastating them.

The world had to wait hundreds of years for a treatment for bubonic plague, hopefully with modern medicine a vaccine will be found for coronavirus in the not too distant future and the response to a new case of Covid, like the response to the bubonic plague in China, will not cause any concern.

Paddy Maxwell