Some things I kind of knew before but learned for sure:
- the 1918 flu pandemic, often called the "Spanish flu," didn't originate in Spain, but (probably) in Kansas. Spain got saddled with the name only because they stayed out of WW1, and while all the countries in that war censored their media, Spain did not, so information about the disease got out first there. More proof that no good deed goes unpunished.
- There were three worldwide waves to the pandemic.
- The disease wasn't helped by the US continuing to send ships of troops to the European theatre, and crowded ship holds saw 3/4ths of recruits or more become sick. But feeding the war machine was paramount, because that's how stupid countries are.
- Philadelphia's denialism made a real muck of things that killed a lot of people.
- What's happening now is no comparison at all the the sickness and fear of 1918-1919.
(Sorry, can't figure out how to embed this with the new blogger software. They took a simple thing and broke it.)