WENY -- The current pandemic will stand out in history when it is all said and done, but where? We spoke with a history professor from Elmira College to get an idea. We spoke with Charles Mitchell who is an American Studies Professor from Elmira College and he says  the pandemic could very well be its own chapter in a history textbook.

Charles also says social and economic status are emerging as being very significant when it comes to things like healthcare and the all around ability to endure the quarantine.

"The way in which the different experiences based upon social class status income are emerging as being very significant. Not in terms of just peoples access to healthcare but also their ability to endure and work during the quarantine," said Mitchell.

Charles also wants to stress that we are still in the pandemic and every few days it seems the answer to historical impact changes.

Charles said, "Each 3 or 4 days it seems that the answer changes. In a week from now we could be talking about a different answer to that question, but certainly given the, at the minimum, given the kind of  economic disruption it has caused I'm seeing somewhere down the road this being a title of a chapter in a history textbook."

Charles also says these experiences can be traced back to those of past pandemics.

"Historically, the big plagues and pandemics in the past have highlighted some of those social and economic differences. Even back as far as Cholera and Bubonic Plague, experiences in London where the wealthy got out of town, headed to their second homes and avoided getting sick."

However, as history has shown, social distancing is not an entirely new concept.

"The evidence that I'm aware of is the Flu Pandemic in 1918-1919, that the stricter steps that people took to keep people inside and prevent crowds and canceling parades and all those sorts of things actually worked to help slow the spread," said Mitchell.