Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
#corvid19 #spanishflu #pandemic
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
John M. Barry
- John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History (2005)
Better science. Not until afterward could the cause of Spanish flu be established as a virus or bacteria. While scientists -- well, nearly everyone -- were trying anything available to prevent, cure, or alleviate symptoms, without knowing the etiologic agent they were trials in the dark. Little could be done beyond basic nursing. Respiratory distress, for example, was uniformly fatal. Now it is only usually fatal. Now, the disease agent is know with certainty, and well-funded labs around the world are working on the problem. In the more recent 2009 influenza pandemic, a vaccine became available in months. This one might take longer, but there's a great deal more hope than 100 years ago.