Tag Archives: Influenza

Thoughts on the 1918 Flu and COVID-19

A little over a century ago the most lethal epidemic in human history began. It was caused by a virulent form of the H1N1 influenza-A virus. It’s origin is uncertain. Originally thought to have first appeared in Kansas, it may even have originated in China. Regardless of where it started it rapidly spread throughout the…

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The Question Nobody is Asking: How Many US Deaths From Flu This Season?

While we are obsessing about Covid-19, no one I know of is asking the obvious related question. How many Americans have died from the flu this season? The information is readily available on the CDC’s website. According to the Center (as of February 29): Nationally, influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses are now the most commonly reported influenza…

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Another Reason to Return to Smoke Signals

The world has gone madder than a pit viper caught in a wheat thresher.  The cause? The coronavirus epidemic. The disease is still in the early stage of definition. Our understanding of its severity and dissemination is evolving. What’s not evolving is a responsible response to this new pathogen. Instead of ready, aim, fire we…

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