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Thu Mar 25, 2021, 08:54 AM

People gave up on flu pandemic measures a century ago [View all]

People gave up on flu pandemic measures a century ago when they tired of them – and paid a price

Picture the United States struggling to deal with a deadly pandemic.

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The public responds with widespread compliance mixed with more than a hint of grumbling, pushback and even outright defiance. As the days turn into weeks turn into months, the strictures become harder to tolerate.

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Many citizens refuse to don face masks while in public, some complaining that they’re uncomfortable and others arguing that the government has no right to infringe on their civil liberties.

As familiar as it all may sound in 2021, these are real descriptions of the U.S. during the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic. In my research as a historian of medicine, I’ve seen again and again the many ways our current pandemic has mirrored the one experienced by our forebears a century ago.


Much more at the link, very interesting article:

https://theconversation.com/people-gave-up-on-flu-pandemic-measures-a-century-ago-when-they-tired-of-them-and-paid-a-price-156551?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=bylinefacebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR0DTqBJZjFTn8DWVNDXAzibBrUM5RdP4ic29pUssLmyTtsYDusXC7YBxrM


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