Study offers clues to how climate affected 1918 pandemic

A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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Lessons from the 1918 pandemic: A U.S. city's past may hold clues

How politicians and the public in Denver, Colorado handled the 1918 flu epidemic is relevant to today.

J. Alexander Navarro, Professor of History of Medicine, University of Michigan • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  influenza  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  quarantine  spanish-flu  1918-flu-pandemic  1918-spanish-flu

Lethargic global response to COVID-19: How the human brain's failure to assess abstract threats cost us dearly

Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.

Cristian Capotescu, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  donald-trump  spanish-flu  trump-administration  risk-assessment  catastrophe

How Australia's response to the Spanish flu of 1919 sounds warnings on dealing with coronavirus

Bickering between the states and Victoria's initial silence on the outbreak made the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic worse.

Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University • conversation
March 22, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  coronavirus  australia  spanish-flu  flu-pandemic

10 misconceptions about the 1918 flu, the 'greatest pandemic in history'

The so-called 'Spanish flu' didn't actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?

Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  influenza  covid-19  coronavirus  history  pandemic  flu  coronavirus-2020  spanish-flu  1918-flu-pandemic  world-war-i

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