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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 21, 2020

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

We’re all reading quite a bit about epidemiology these days, aren’t we? Maybe our newfound interest in the field will spark the curiosity of a young scientific genius or two. Then in the long run, perhaps one happy result of this wretched pandemic will be the emergence of a new generation of brilliant researchers, and breakthroughs in our understanding of infectious diseases.

That’s the way the world works, oftentimes. A crisis arises, forcing people to think seriously about a subject they may have neglected previously. With the resurgence of interest in that topics there is the prospect of some long-term gains in understanding.  ….

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