Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Great Pandemic 1918-1919

The Great Pandemic 1918-1919 - This site has information on the flu pandemic of 1918. It includes details about life in 1918, a history of the pandemic, and biographies. It was created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This is a nicely done and informative site.

I am betting the current pandemic rumors will prove to be true to the levels of 1918. Or of that in Stephen King's The Stand. Unfortunately, the flu is deadly, it mutates, and flu pandemics are a regular part of human history.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post, but it looks like your link is dead. (A google search is enough to find it, though ; great website).

Tim said...

The link doesn't work.

M said...

Thanks, I have fixed it.

3rdStoneFromTheSun said...

great post

and perfect timing, considering the current events

Bryan Williams said...

Thanks for the link--very interesting resource.

An aside: you believe the current rumors will or will not prove to equal those of 1918 or The Stand

M said...

"An aside: you believe the current rumors will or will not prove to equal those of 1918 or The Stand?"

No, I seriously doubt it.

RAPman said...

I have a seemingly fortuitous connection with that flu epidemic. My mother's father was 30 years old in 1918 when he contracted the flu; he had been married two years and was living in Chicago. He and two of his buddies caught the flu at about the same time. My grandfather went to a sauna and stayed there for a few days until the flu had been sweated out of his body. His two friends did not go to the sauna -- they died shortly thereafter. My mother was born about a year and a half later. Kind of a 'what if?' story.