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People Are Noticing How The Scenario Of The 1918 Spanish Flu Seems Eerily Similar To What We’re Currently Going Through
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People Are Noticing How The Scenario Of The 1918 Spanish Flu Seems Eerily Similar To What We’re Currently Going Through

As much as we’d like to believe that our civilization has progressed unrecognizably during the last century, some things will probably always stay the same. These may include people who deny actual medicine and vaccines or think they know viruses and diseases better than doctors who have studied the subjects for decades.

History shows that during the 1918 pandemic (Spanish Flu), people were dealing with very similar problems we’re dealing with today. “I’ve been reading about the 1918 pandemic, and this paragraph stuck out,” one man shared on Twitter and attached an excerpt from a book. Reading it surely feels eerily familiar.

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Jesus Jiménez—a reporter for Dallas Morning News—shared an excerpt from a book about the 1918 pandemic

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“It is impossible to quantify how many deaths the lies caused,” the excerpt from the book The Great Influenza reads. “It is impossible to quantify how many young men died because the army refused to follow the advice of its own surgeon general. But while those in authority were reassuring people that this was influenza, only influenza, nothing different from ordinary ‘la grippe,’ at least some people must have believed them, at least some people must have exposed themselves to the virus in ways they would not have otherwise, and at least some of these people must have died who would otherwise have lived. And fear really did kill people. It killed them because those who feared would not care for many of those who needed but could not find care, those who needed only hydration, food, and rest to survive.”

And the struggles seem eerily familiar to the ones we’re going through in the current pandemic

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People online were not super surprised that history is repeating itself. “Also, the surgeon general’s advice was to wear a mask and keep two arms’ length apart. Nothing much has changed,” someone commented on Imgur. “The difference now is that we have Facebook connecting the dumbest among us to create an enormous hive mind of impenetrable abject stupidity,” another user added.

The excerpt is from John M. Barry’s book The Great Influenza that was published in 2004

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Here’s what people online said

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Brianna Jones
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People never learn. The same things happen over and over again, and nobody lives long enough to see it.

M O'Connell
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is also the problem of people expecting a different outcome because this situation is 'different' somehow. For example, Napoleon invaded Russia in June of 1812 and retreated after the army began to freeze to death in December. Just over 100 years later, Hitler tried the same thing, invasion began in June, army began to freeze to death in December resulting in retreat. "Same s**t, different show"

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've read many books about diseases in history - smallpox, cholera, bubonic plague, syphilis, typhus, and of course, the Spanish Flu. I knew that a pandemic was a real possibility - actually, it was a few years overdue, if you put any stock in statistics. This may have made it easier for me to accept the situation, but conferred no other advantage. History repeats. Whether we learn enough to change our collective behavior will be up to future historians to determine.

Linda HS
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know if it's only me, but I feel that, the orange man and his team should be accused of genocide! This lying thing is not ok...Wear a mask for cryin' out loud!

Anthony Goldstein (female)
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe not genocide, but assisting in murder, and spread of disinformation.

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Brianna Jones
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People never learn. The same things happen over and over again, and nobody lives long enough to see it.

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is also the problem of people expecting a different outcome because this situation is 'different' somehow. For example, Napoleon invaded Russia in June of 1812 and retreated after the army began to freeze to death in December. Just over 100 years later, Hitler tried the same thing, invasion began in June, army began to freeze to death in December resulting in retreat. "Same s**t, different show"

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've read many books about diseases in history - smallpox, cholera, bubonic plague, syphilis, typhus, and of course, the Spanish Flu. I knew that a pandemic was a real possibility - actually, it was a few years overdue, if you put any stock in statistics. This may have made it easier for me to accept the situation, but conferred no other advantage. History repeats. Whether we learn enough to change our collective behavior will be up to future historians to determine.

Linda HS
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know if it's only me, but I feel that, the orange man and his team should be accused of genocide! This lying thing is not ok...Wear a mask for cryin' out loud!

Anthony Goldstein (female)
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe not genocide, but assisting in murder, and spread of disinformation.

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