1918 Flu In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But as much as we can learn from the comparison, it's important to also understand just how much these two pandemics differ. This week, what we can learn from what happened then and, just as importantly, where the comparison should end.
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1918 Flu

1918 Flu

1918 Flu

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But as much as we can learn from the comparison, it's important to also understand just how much these two pandemics differ. This week, what we can learn from what happened then and, just as importantly, where the comparison should end.


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Correction March 30, 2020

A previous version of this episode incorrectly stated the factor by which the drop in average life expectancy in 1918 was greater than during a recent year from the opioid epidemic. This miscalculation has been removed from the audio.