Been trying to do this post for some time and have had brain farts
that freeze my fingers on the keyboard. Today I will attempt to finish
it to share.
In 1918 the United States had a population of 103,208,000,
World War I would last until November of 1918, and the Spanish
Influenza Pandemic hit the world. It was called the Spanish flu as
Spain was neutral in the war meaning it could report on the world wide
severity of the outbreak.
The influenza infected 500 million people worldwide, or about one
third of the world population. Of those more than 50 million died,
675,000 in the U.S. Generally speaking, the fatality rate for the
Spanish flu was said to be 2%.
Citizens were ordered to wear masks while schools, theaters, and
businesses were shuttered and makeshift morgues were needed. This
strain of the flu was extremely virulent with little or no immunity
and spread quickly. Some may remember the 2009 H1N1 pandemic
which was considered swine flu.
There were no known cures and the Surgeon General and Journal of
the American Medical Association all recommended the use of aspirin.
Medical professionals advised patients to take up to 30 grams a day,
which we now know is toxic. Today a dose above 4 grams is
The economy took a hit with businesses shut down, mail delivery and
garbage pickup was crippled, farms didn’t have enough workers to
harvest crops, and health departments closed. In San Fransisco people
were fined $5 if caught in public not wearing a mask.
Long terms affects of the response to the epidemic were mental
health issues, alcoholism, and the economy. Somebody should be
thinking outside the box on how to keep that happening this time
around. You may remember Prohibition made alcoholic beverages illegal in 1920, and by the end of the 1920s the Great Depression hit.
Each year more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized for flu
related complications and anywhere between 3,000 and 49,000 die. The young, elderly, pregnant women,and those with medical conditions are at higher risk.
So now we have the Covid-19 and who knows what the after affects
of that will be. Not really worried about the virus just wondering
what it’s going to cost our kids.