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Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:58 PM

Anyone watching American Experience on PBS? About the influenza epidemic of 1918.

History repeating itself to the T. If you get a chance, watch it. Eerily similar to whatís going on now

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Reply Anyone watching American Experience on PBS? About the influenza epidemic of 1918. (Original post)
Cousin Dupree Mar 2020 OP
Zorro Mar 2020 #1
zackymilly Mar 2020 #2
BigmanPigman Mar 2020 #3
Cousin Dupree Mar 2020 #4
BigmanPigman Mar 2020 #7
mcar Mar 2020 #5
SMC22307 Mar 2020 #6
cwydro Mar 2020 #8
misanthrope Mar 2020 #9
SharonClark Mar 2020 #10

Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:00 PM

1. Eerily similar is right

Sobering episode.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:00 PM

2. Nope. I can look out the window and watch it live. n/t

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:23 PM

3. My city has Polio as tonights subject, not the Spanish Flu.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:26 PM

4. Our had Spanish Flu at 8:00 and Polio at 9:00. A real horror double feature.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:30 PM

7. I guess I will have to watch it on my tablet...

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

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:27 PM

5. We watched is a few weeks ago

Yes, eerie similarities.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:29 PM

6. Yes, the polio episode! And I just about lost it when I saw Americans banding together...

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.)

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:32 PM

8. Thanks, I'll check that out.

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

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 09:40 PM

9. The final minutes are the most important part of the show

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.

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Response to Cousin Dupree (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:37 PM

10. I just read in short article about the influenza of 1918 and how the army handled

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.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2020/03/03/influenza-outbreak-700-soldiers-died-1918-iowa-camp-dodge-johnston-army-base-national-guard-flu/2843939001/

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