A few years ago I read a book on the 1918 flu pandemic. The hypersensitive reporting on the current hybrid flu outbreak is unusual. On the one hand, by the numbers, it’s not an unusual flu at all. On the other hand, there are certain things that make it stand apart.

First, there’s the late in the season outbreak. Then there’s the fact that it seems to be affecting a much younger population than is usual.

And here’s the thing I remember from the historical account of the 1918 outbreak. The originaloutbreak was later than usual and the population that it affected was unusual as well. Worst of all, the flu first appeared earlier than 1918 and came roaring back with a vengeance. This last is what has many health experts worried.  We may not have seen the last of this flu, nor the worst of it.


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