Great Pandemics: 1918 and 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly spread to all corners of the world. The WHO said the U.S. is now the new epicenter, with over 210,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths. The pandemic bears resemblance to the 1918 influenza pandemic, the worst in history. The outbreak started in an army camp in Kansas, the U.S., and later spread unchecked, killing 25 to 40 million people worldwide. John Barry, an American author and historian, wrote the book “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” that examines the collision of science and epidemics. Earlier, Tian Wei interviewed John Barry. He said the final lesson of 1918 — a simple one yet the hardest to execute — is that those in authority must retain the public’s trust.

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In This Story: Covid-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

  • More pro athletes test positive for COVID-19
  • Trump claims progress in fight against COVID-19
  • Trump: “China Must Be Held Fully Accountable” for Allowing Covid-19 to Spread “All Over the World”
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