6 Lessons We Can Learn From Past Pandemics
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A century ago, the flu epidemic of 1918 swept the globe, killing as many as 100 million people, 5% of the world’s population, before social distancing helped curb its spread. In the early 1780s, smallpox ravaged the American West, ripping through indigenous communities with case fatality rates of 38% or higher and leading to the development of the world’s first vaccine less than two decades later.

Other outbreaks—from cholera in the 1830s to HIV-AIDS in the 1980s—brought xenophobia along with disease and revealed that fear and blame can distract from efforts to find a cure. We have a lot to learn from them.

Here’s a look at some of those lessons:

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https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/04/08/6-lessons-we-can-learn-past-pandemics
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