Just to cheer us all up in the present circumstances, and to inform the historically minded, the Smithsonian Magazine has an article about the latest interpretation of the evidence for the origins of the Black Death of the mid-fourteenth century. This places the spread of the disease back to the Mongol expansion and invasions of the thirteenth century.
The article can be read at Did the Black Death Rampage Across the World a Century Earlier Than Previously Thought?
There have been recent reports of people dying of bubonic plague after eating marmots in Mongolia as at Mongolian Couple Died of Plague After Eating Raw Marmot, at Teenage boy dies of bubonic plague in Mongolia after eating marmot | Bubonic plague, and at Mongolian Man Contracts Bubonic Plague After Eating Marmot Meat
A Mongolian marmot - cute ....or not....?
** Conspiracy theorists please note - Marmite is not made from marmots. I think....