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Precaution during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask, including those pictured above in this image from Seattle, Wash. (ca.1918), according to the Library of Congress. Original image from Library of Congress; Digitally enhanced by rawpixel

Parallels between one pandemic and another: A reflection on the 1918 Spanish Flu

In days past — not so very long ago — small town newspapers acted as backyard fences: Visitors were introduced, trips noted, luncheons reported and activity in general was tracked.

Going seriously viral

Far from the front lines of a grimly desperate big-city hospital, it’s starting to feel real. I now know one victim and am 3 degrees of separation from another.  As our president didn’t mean to say about the 40,000 ventilators Governor Cuomo wants, “I have a feeling the numbers are not what they are going to be.”

The virus that ate 2020

It may feel like a welcome break. But steel yourself. A week ago, my wife’s boss said the organization would close through the end of March. More recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the pandemic won’t peak here until about May 1. He didn’t mention that it will need to subside, at roughly the same rate.

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