Persons masking their faces with masks. Towns opening makeshift hospitals. Culture thrown into upheaval by a mysterious new virus.
These scenes seem like the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are also the exact same types that played out for the duration of the 1918 flu—a a lot deadlier outbreak that attacked even the young and healthful, finally claiming extra than 50 million life (675,000 of them in the US). Though pretty various pandemics, set in opposition to wildly various backdrops, the photographs they’ve spawned generally seem eerily alike.
“They’re strikingly identical,” states Alex Navarro, assistant director at College of Michigan’s Heart