Will virus follow pattern of 1918 Spanish Flu?
May 21, 2020
To The Eagle:
A friend of mine sent me a graph from a 1920’s publication showing the mortality rate of the 1918 Spanish flu. The graph shows that the 1918 pandemic lasted about 13-months and occurred in three waves. The first wave on the graph is represented by a small rise in mortality that lasted from June to September 1918, followed by a second wave, 300 percent more deadly than the first, that lasted from October 1918 through January 1919. The third and final wave lasted from February to July 1919 and was 200 percent more deadly than the first wave. In total the 1918 pandemic killed an estimated 17 to 100-million people world-wide.
As of May 2020, the U.S. is still in the middle of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 90 thousand Americans who have lost their lives from the virus. If history is any indicator of what lies ahead, our country may be in for a lot more sickness and death this coming autumn and winter if we let our guard down, and if we are not prepared.
It’s up to each of us to wear face masks, wash our hands frequently and maintain appropriate social distancing until we have effective therapies or a vaccine.