Grim, But Worth Watching

There is almost constant reference to the “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918,  But so long ago, and most of us really don’t know much, if anything, about it.  And yet, knowing about that crises and how governments and people reacted, or failed to react, can be a matter of life and death as today we respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first is a thorough, but grim, history.  Take a deep breath and take the time to watch it understanding that knowing history can help us learn and maybe not repeat the same mistakes.

The second, a piece from Good Morning America is shorter, less graphic, but what is very interesting is that it delves into how governments managed and controlled the flow of information, and since it was near the end of World War I, it was against the law in the US to say or report anything that might reflect poorly on the US. It was a crime in the US to say anything negative and the original versions of “alternative facts” and “truth” becoming a very fuzzy concept.

Seeing the current situation in the light of this past history, makes it a little more understandable the issues cruise lines had with ports and countries suddenly slamming their doors shut.