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Although the coronavirus is not the same as the influenza virus, there were many similarities to how the coronavirus has been handled and how the Spanish Flu was handled. Amazingly, the same mistakes are being repeated. One other thing I picked up was the focus that has been placed on the flu, and I think this appearance of this dealy form of coronavirus has come as a surprise to the medical research community. However, there are a lot of lessons in this video that can be applied to the current pandemic.

 

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Again, a lot of parallels to what is happening currently.

 

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What made the Spanish Flu particularly deadly was the slow transportation at the time and of course, WWI.  It might have gone down as an odd blip of medical history in Kansas had it not been for the war.  As I understand it the disease had more or less run it's course in the county in Kansas where it originated but recruits from that county took it to Europe where it spread rapidly in the trenches.  Then it came home with the troops for the 2nd wave and it was fading again when ships brought it back for a 3rd wave in the US.  At least now, for better or worse, it should be a single wave throughout the world.  One hopeful lesson about the Spanish Flu is that it did die out without some miracle of science being necessary to kill it off.  

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The world's reaction to the Spanish Flu was to forget it quickly. That possibly explains why people are now so surprised that a new virus could cause devastation.

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