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Can we draw up the drawbridge and keep influenza out?

in Blogs: The 1918-19 influenza pandemic affected American Samoa and Western Samoa very differently. American Samoa was subject to quarantine during the pandemic and there were no deaths on the island. Western Samoa did not have a quarantine — it had a…

How far would you go to prevent the next infectious disease pandemic?

in Blogs:   How far would you go to prevent the next infectious disease pandemic? Would you put yourself to major inconvenience? Would you put others to major inconvenience? Would you deny some people their liberty? I…

Influenza pandemics: learning the lessons of the past

in Blogs: When we think about learning from previous influenza pandemics, we often think of the great pandemic of 1918. This pandemic mainly affected young people. One hypothesis as to why this occurred is that older people had more immunity – and this was thanks to exposure to the influenza pandemic of 1889-1890. Much less is known about this pandemic.
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