As the pandemic enters its fourth year, the medical historian whose team’s work on the 1918 flu influenced the “flatten the curve” approach in 2020 reflects on what lessons for the future can be drawn by studying recent pandemic history.
Like a replay of the 1918 flu, history seems to be repeating itself with the coronavirus. After “flattening the curve” of cases in late spring and again in late summer, cases of COVID-19 have surged in October.
Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., for one, is deeply dismayed – but not surprised. He offers insights into what’s needed to avoid a horrific winter.
The J. Willard Marriott Library is launching a new digital exhibit to explore the 1918 flu pandemic in Utah through contemporary newspaper articles. The articles show how the issues and divisions that have appeared in the COVID-19 pandemic are, unfortunately, nothing new.