Reblog: Remembering 1918

For those who can’t –or refuse– to see the comparisons between the 1918 flu epidemic and what we are experiencing today.

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I had a little birdie, his name was Enza; I opened up my bedroom window, and in flew Enza

Children’s play song from the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic

One of the great mysteries of history is why we continue to wipe it from our memories, both individual and collective. In no instance is this more apparent than during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic which killed more Americans than all the wars of the 20th century combined and upwards of 100 million people world wide. And, almost as quickly as it sprang itself onto the world’s population, the world – and America in particular – seems to have forgotten all about it. I don’t recall much if any publicity during 2018, the 100th anniversary of the event though I was diligent in keeping an eye out for it. It never came. I wondered, why?

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21 thoughts on “Reblog: Remembering 1918

  1. Next to the memorials for our service men and women lost too each war should be a second one to those men, women and children civilians also lost in innocence to war. Just think how many lives could have been saves if we’d arrested the person resposnsible for starting the war instead of fighting it, The Kaiser, Adolf Hitler,et al. And a Memorial to the Great Viral Plagues that have hit which include a note of who was responsible in each country at the time and when they took preventative action………..
    Huge Hugs

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  2. I work with the elder population, and they tell me stories of the Spanish Flu, from their parents and grandparents, and the death in their families, right before they were born, I take care of a few centenarians. They also speak about the Polio virus.
    I watched a documentary on Netflix about the Spanish flu. So devastating.

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  3. Ahhhh, history shmisory! (in his best Italian-Jewish accent…) Four-geat-da-bouht-it! We don’t wanna learn ANYTHING about the past. It does us all NO GOOD Nan. 🙄 Besides… our prayers, church-gatherings, and massive Faith™ in Dr. God-man will save us or put us into Paradise! It’s a win-win for the Righteous! 😇🙏

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  4. In 1918 my grandmother was a school teacher in a remote Canadian mining camp. She rarely spoke of Spanish Flu horror. I remember as if yesterday the time she said – for what seemed like weeks we woke every morning to more blanket wrapped bodies laid in tidy rows outside houses.

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  5. Here in Finland we had our civil war in 1918. It was short, bitter and bloody some 37000 people were killed. In comparrison the flu killed some 20000 people here between 1918-1920. The deathtoll of the civil war was cumulated by the fighters on the losing side being put into concentration camps, where many died from various diseases like the flu and dysentry, but mostly from malnutrition. The conditions in those camps were abhorring, so the inmates were especially woulnerable to the flu and other diseases, but they were also summarily executed and simply murdered by the guards. My grandad as a young man survived one of those camps. The Finnish society still carries scars from the division. For decades the winning side tried to paint the war as an armed continuation of the struggle for indipendence. They even refused to call it civil war, instead the called it the It was an utter and blatant lie, but it still afflicts our culture.

    There was no remembrance of the Spanish Flu in Finland, but we had a remembrance of our indipendence, that Mr. Lenin gave to the Finns in late 1917, however since the civil war began right after the event, the celebrations even for the 100 year of indipendece were overshadowed by the discussion about what actually happened during the civil war… So I suppose, it is understandable, that the flu was not such a commemorative occasion to the Finns.

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  6. Started reading a book today that was recommended. A non fiction called Spillover. About viruses that pass, as most do, from animal to people…and it was written in 2000…but very interesting considering today

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    • Just read the description on Amazon. Sounds intriguing. Not sure that I want to spend the money to get it. I may check with our local library, but since this is not a “metropolitan” area, they don’t have a very big inventory.

      In any case, it’s obvious judging from our current situation that the author was pretty much on-target.

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      • I just looked and was wrong about the date. Published in 2012. The author, David Quammen is a prolific writer. The book is extremely interesting…

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      • Don’t know why that went twice, but here’s the back cover quote

        “[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times

        The next big human pandemic—the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza—is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?

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      • Nan….this book is fabulous. The most deadly virus of all to humans, at almost 100%, is rabies. Of course today, we vaccinate our pets and get one ourself, it we are bitten, which is not common.
        I never knew there were so many viruses and how the do jump from animal to human quite easily. I can’t put it down..highly recommend it for anyone one who wants to understand the science behind it.

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        • If he could READ … I would suggest sending a copy of the book to Trump! Of course he’d probably claim it was written by some “liberal socialist” and toss it.

          Thanks for the additional info.

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