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(50,862 posts)
7. I guess I will have to watch it on my tablet...
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:30 PM
Mar 2020

oh joy. Before the Polio episode they have a show about Ben Franllin's bones.


(8,085 posts)
6. Yes, the polio episode! And I just about lost it when I saw Americans banding together...
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:29 PM
Mar 2020

to mail in dimes to the White House. (Guess I've been spending too much time on social media lately and it *ain't* healthy.)



(51,308 posts)
8. Thanks, I'll check that out.
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:32 PM
Mar 2020

Earlier, I was watching Great Courses’ lectures on the The Black Death. Also amazingly similar.


(7,332 posts)
9. The final minutes are the most important part of the show
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:40 PM
Mar 2020

Interviewees openly muse on why Americans seemed to have collectively forgotten all about the 1918 pandemic. Why didn't it affect change more deeply?

The same thing can be said about the 1957 Asian flu (70,000 American fatalities) and the 1968 Hong Kong flu (100,000 American fatalities) which were both within the lifetimes of many still alive today. Those didn't seem to change anything either, certainly not in some of our leaders who lived through both of them.

I keep seeing/hearing people say the COVID-19 will bring about transformative change to society. I'll believe it when I see it because evidence says otherwise.


(9,955 posts)
10. I just read in short article about the influenza of 1918 and how the army handled
Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:37 PM
Mar 2020

the situation at Camp Dodge in Iowa. It was a horror story with unembalmed bodied being sent back to families and some bodies were rotting and bloated when the families received them.


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