The world has suffered many pandemics in the years since - at least three serious flu outbreaks among them - but no pandemic has been as deadly or as far-reaching as the Spanish flu.
As the world reacts to a headline-grabbing - yet far, far less deadly - outbreak of this pandemic, Andrew Smith looks back to 1918 Spanish flu to see what we learned from one of the most devastating diseases in recent history.
The 100-year anniversary of the 1918 pandemic and the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic are milestones that provide an opportunity to reflect on the groundbreaking work that led to the discovery, sequencing, and reconstruction of the 1918 pandemic flu virus.
The 1918 H1N1 flu pandemic - sometimes referred to as the Spanish flu - killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, including an estimated 675,000 people in the United States. The pandemic has similar roots to the virus that we are dealing with right now because most experts agree that the H1N1 virus that caused the Spanish flu pandemic has originated in animals.
The public health measures we see being enacted today across the world as efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus are one of the Spanish flu’s most enduring effects.
In this audiobook, you will explore:
- Brief history of 1918 flu pandemic
- Ways how some cities flattened the curve during the 1918 flu pandemic
- How New York survived the great pandemic of 1918
- The places that escaped the Spanish flu and how
- Ways how we can save lives and the economy
- Preparing for the worst-case scenario
- Mistakes from the Spanish flu to avoid In this present pandemic
- And much, much more!
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