Publication Date

2020

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article retrospectively analyzes the 1918 flu and, most importantly, provides remarkably prescient advice regarding future pandemics. The article points to government honesty as the only way to adequately deal with a pandemic, endorses quarantine measures, and even reinforces something we’ve discussed in our Historical Methods class, that the 1918 flu, despite having a gigantic effect on our population, is mostly forgotten in our collective memory. In reference to this, the author laments “the “extraordinary human ability to forget, deny, and avoid unpleasant topics and memories.” All of this is extremely prescient and uncovers a surprisingly profound link to our current situation and discussion.

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