CHAPTER 5: ARE THE SPANISH FLU AND SARS COMPARABLE?

It would be quite understandable if observers argued that there is little to compare between the two contagions, especially when you simply consider the numerical statistics that inform us that one killed an estimated 50 million and the other less than 1,000. Almost a century has passed since the Spanish flu created a tidal wave of fear, anxiety and death across the planet, while, by comparison, SARS created just a few small ripples on the pond of life.

Since 1918, the world has changed and we have most definitely been presented with comparable lessons to be learned which we would be foolhardy to just dismiss because of the enormity of mortality of the one pandemic alongside the other. However, ...

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