5 Lessons On Social Distancing From The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

One of the key lessons: It’s important not to give up too early. Over the past few days, government officials have suggested pulling back social distancing efforts. But in the city after the city during the 1918 flu pandemic, giving up on such measures early consistently caused flu cases and deaths to rise again. Back in 1918, a strain of influenza — colloquially called the “Spanish flu” — caused the worst pandemic in centuries, killing as many as 100 million people. In the US, about 675,000 people died. social distancing efforts helped slow the spread of the 1918 flu and reduce the mortality rate overall. Here’s what we can learn from the social distancing experience of the 1918 flu pandemic 5 Lessons On Social Distancing From The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic 1) Early, sustained, layered action saved lives 2) Cities that eased restrictions early saw a spike in cases 3) Seeing the effects of outbreaks drove people to serious action 4) We need serious leadership to help guide us through all of this 5) We’re in a much better place to handle a pandemic than we were 100 years ago

Airdate: March 31st 2020

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