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Spanish Flu 1918 in Canada

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  • Nov 30th, 2020 4:16 am
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Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it...
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https://theconversation.com/amp/compare ... ion-138895

Interestingly you see the three waves that are similar in timing to what we see. Hopefully we get a break in February and third wave gets cut by vaccines

It should be noted in 1918 people had only limited evidence of the existence of viruses was and yet they managed to implement containment measures
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Oct 14, 2020
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it's crazy to think that 100 years later, the same thing is happening.
At least we don't have a World War as the backdrop.
Though maybe we need one.
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mr_raider wrote: https://theconversation.com/amp/compare ... ion-138895

Interestingly you see the three waves that are similar in timing to what we see. Hopefully we get a break in February and third wave gets cut by vaccines

It should be noted in 1918 people had only limited evidence of the existence of viruses was and yet they managed to implement containment measures
I'm not sure the article actually says this and it seems to suggest to the contrary. "All this means that oscillations in COVID-19 cases are unlikely to come with the predictability that discussions of influenza “waves” in 1918-19 might suggest."
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mr_raider wrote: https://theconversation.com/amp/compare ... ion-138895

Interestingly you see the three waves that are similar in timing to what we see. Hopefully we get a break in February and third wave gets cut by vaccines

It should be noted in 1918 people had only limited evidence of the existence of viruses was and yet they managed to implement containment measures
Funny story. I read the OP's link this morning and had to Google the past to see how things played out.

The two biggest differences b/w the Spanish Flu and COVID-19

1) The Internet/media
2) COVID-19's lack of death everywhere versus the Spanish Flu.

Both will increase the time this virus gets in control. If everyone under the sun was dying left right and center all of us would sign up to get a vaccine injected ASAP. We're not seeing that, so I am very curious to see how COVID-19 plays out from a vaccination/long tail perspective
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angryaudifanatic wrote: Funny story. I read the OP's link this morning and had to Google the past to see how things played out.

The two biggest differences b/w the Spanish Flu and COVID-19

1) The Internet/media
2) COVID-19's lack of death everywhere versus the Spanish Flu.

Both will increase the time this virus gets in control. If everyone under the sun was dying left right and center all of us would sign up to get a vaccine injected ASAP. We're not seeing that, so I am very curious to see how COVID-19 plays out from a vaccination/long tail perspective
There was an even bigger difference between the Spanish Flu and COVID-19, namely, the advances in medical science between then and now. In 1918, there were no anti-viral drugs, no ventilators, not even any such thing as penicillin to help fight secondary bacterial infections caused by the flu. Microbiology was still in its infancy as a science. They did have x-rays to look at patient's lungs, but not every hospital had x-ray machines yet. All they could do was isolate patients and manage their symptoms.

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