From Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: Professor Barry McCrea of Notre Dame University on what literature can teach us about pandemics, quarantine and lockdown...

"In Boccaccio's Decameron, a group of friends take refuge in a country-house from the Black Death that is sweeping through Florence. Even at a distance of almost 700 hundred years, some parallels are instantly striking. Boccaccio tells us that there are three main types of people in a pandemic: those who lock themselves away at home, cut themselves off from all the news, and obsess about diet and exercise; those who go out looting or on the batter; and, can you believe it, those who flee to their holiday homes..."

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday, 9.10 am - 10 am - listen back here.