The sickly city

The history of pandemics is a popular topic among some historians in current times because of the Covid-19 pandemic that is still making its way through the populations of many countries. Two of the popular comparisons to the Covid-19 outbreak are the Spanish flu and bubonic plague of 1918-20 and 1346-1353 respectively. The issue with these comparisons is that the three pandemics are not entirely comparable with one another. The Spanish flu pandemic was far more prevalent than Covid-19 and the bubonic plague outbreaks of the early twentieth century were not nearly as rampant (not to mention, Covid-19 is not technically in the "plague" category). By analyzing multi-faceted responses to the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 and the bubonic plague outbreak of 1920 in Pensacola, Florida, it shows that there is no standard response to pandemics only occasionally similar responses that can potentially aid in understanding the current pandemic.
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Abstract/Description: The history of pandemics is a popular topic among some historians in current times because of the Covid-19 pandemic that is still making its way through the populations of many countries. Two of the popular comparisons to the Covid-19 outbreak are the Spanish flu and bubonic plague of 1918-20 and 1346-1353 respectively. The issue with these comparisons is that the three pandemics are not entirely comparable with one another. The Spanish flu pandemic was far more prevalent than Covid-19 and the bubonic plague outbreaks of the early twentieth century were not nearly as rampant (not to mention, Covid-19 is not technically in the "plague" category). By analyzing multi-faceted responses to the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 and the bubonic plague outbreak of 1920 in Pensacola, Florida, it shows that there is no standard response to pandemics only occasionally similar responses that can potentially aid in understanding the current pandemic.
Subject(s): Pensacola, Florida
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Covid-19
Spanish flu 1918-20
Bubonic plague 1346-53