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Horrifying way ancient Greeks picked out virus carriers revealed – Express.co.uk

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, the race for a vaccine is under way. A team at the University of Oxford claim they will have up to a million doses of a vaccine available by September should preliminary tests prove successful.

In the ancient world where vaccinations and medications of such calibre were non-existent, authorities implemented questionable methods to prevent the spread of disease.

In Ancient Greek religion, the act of “pharmakos” was considered a foolproof way to curb disease.

A ritualistic ceremony, pharmakos was the practice of using humans as a sacrifice or a scapegoat.

The city state in Ancient Greece was viewed much like a body, with everything coming in monitored closely and defended against potential attack.

The ancient Greeks were brutal in their method of driving a plague or disease out

The ancient Greeks were brutal in their method of driving a plague or disease out (Image: GETTY)

Two randomly selected low-status people would be chosen, beaten, and subsequently expelled

Two randomly selected low-status people would be chosen, beaten, and subsequently expelled (Image: GETTY)

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