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Another warning from 1918 Spanish flu for COVID-19: ‘Survival does not mean that individuals fully recovered’


There’s still so much we don’t know.

The 2020 coronavirus and 1918 Spanish influenza are two highly contagious respiratory diseases that spread around the world in months, and lacked a vaccine when they first occurred. People couldn’t understand why they affected some people more than others. For the 1918 flu, healthier, younger people were most at risk. In 2020, it’s older people with preexisting conditions.

But there is one cautionary note from the 1918 flu that has resonance in 2020, and it could reinvigorate social-distancing and mask-wearing behavior among those people who are feeling the fatigue of disruption to their daily lives: “While 1918 was deadly, most that…


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