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The Spanish flu showed that social distancing works. In 1918, a parade attended by 200,000 people in Philadelphia led to overwhelmed area hospitals. St. Louis, on the other hand, took matters more seriously and was able to manage the health crisis.

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  • I know a lot of young, healthy people who are dismissing the risk of contracting Covid-19 themselves. But the bigger risk is these people will spread this throughout the general population leading to a much more deadly spike in infections for everyone else. This can be prevented. The tale of two cities

    I know a lot of young, healthy people who are dismissing the risk of contracting Covid-19 themselves. But the bigger risk is these people will spread this throughout the general population leading to a much more deadly spike in infections for everyone else. This can be prevented. The tale of two cities during the 1918 Spanish flu tells the story. Philadelphia acted late to impose social distancing measures. St. Louis implemented them immediately and halved the death rate. This new coronavirus appears to be far more contagious and deadlier than the average flu. But these measures will only work if they are taken early. So far, the US is not acting.

  • Interesting analysis on the importance of slowing the spread. In this sense, free daily testing kits help a lot to identify patients.

  • This article has changed my perspective on social distancing measures that are being put in place today. The NBA postponement, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (arguably the largest event all year for Houston) was flat out cancelled. Seeing the results of the Spanish Flu study makes me see today’s

    This article has changed my perspective on social distancing measures that are being put in place today. The NBA postponement, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (arguably the largest event all year for Houston) was flat out cancelled. Seeing the results of the Spanish Flu study makes me see today’s measures as more proactive and thoughtful than they seem in the newsfeed.

  • Social distancing and not having large groups of people gather are absolutely needed. However, that does not mean that people need to stay in their homes, and it does not mean all non-essential stores need to close. St. Louis banned gatherings of more than twenty people. They didn’t shut the city down

    Social distancing and not having large groups of people gather are absolutely needed. However, that does not mean that people need to stay in their homes, and it does not mean all non-essential stores need to close. St. Louis banned gatherings of more than twenty people. They didn’t shut the city down. South Korea didn’t either, and yet they’ve stemmed the tide.

    Also, if you’ve had contact with people who have the virus, isolate yourself and get tested if you can. Don’t shake hands with people and pooh-pooh the idea you could have been infected.

    And for crying out loud, stop buying toilet paper!

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