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The Coronavirus Vs. The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Emergency military hospital during influenza epidemic, Camp Funston, Kansas. Dated 1918 or 1919.


In his recent article for The Atlantic, Dr. Jeremy Brown, author of Influenza: The 100-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History, wrote: “If the terrible influenza pandemic of 1918 and the current coronavirus outbreak share one feature, it is this: People are terribly afraid.” 

According to Dr. Brown, while fear links these two outbreaks together, that is where the similarities end between the coronavirus and the influenza pandemic. We’ll talk on Friday at noon about what happened in 1918, how the country handled it and how our responses to these medical emergencies have changed over the past 100 years. 


  • Dr. Jeremy Brown is the author of Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History [IndieBound|Amazon|Audibleand the director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health.