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Coronavirus Parallels to 1918 Flu Pandemic

21 Mar, 2020

By Brian J. Grim, Ph.D.


This is part of a daily blog by RFBF President Brian Grim highlighting positive business responses to the pandemic, and part of the COVIDxNOW Global Economic Leaders Consortium, which is seeking to deliver innovative solutions for COVID19


Epidemiologists’ strategy to combat the coronavirus is wide scale shutdowns, or social distancing; an idea derived from measures taken during the 1918 flu pandemic, which survivor William Sardo, Jr. described before his death in 2007.

Video is part of a March 20, 2020, WSJ Opinion Piece, What Victory Looks Like in the Coronavirus War: We can try to stop time until a vaccine is ready, but the result might be identical to defeat, by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. Credits: Video: WSJ and Wonder Land; AFP/Getty Composite: Mark Kelly