A makeshift hospital set up in Brookline, Mass. during the 1918–19 influenza pandemic. Image: National Archives

Frightening Lessons from the 1918 Pandemic and Why History May Repeat

COVID-19 has the advantages of simple math, human overconfidence and Mother Nature’s lack of empathy

Knowns & unknowns

Science isn’t enough

Red Cross workers made masks for soldiers at a camp in Boston during the 1918–19 pandemic. Image: National Archives
Police in Seattle wore masks during the influenza epidemic. December 1918. Image: National Archives

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