8 Lessons From The 1918 Flu

An American soldier has his throat sprayed to prevent influenza in December of 1918 at Love Field in Dallas, Texas.

I grew up in America and never learned about the 1918 flu. I learned a lot about the Oregon Trail and Ohio’s canal system but nothing about the greatest single fatality event in American history. In hindsight, this would have been useful.

Now I’ve at least read The Great Influenza by John M. Barry. Depressingly, it often…

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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at www.indi.ca, and you can reach me at indi@indi.ca.