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Lecture: Pandemics

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4.1 Influenza Pandemic of 1918 » Questions

  • What were the typical symptoms of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918? What was the timeline of disease progression? What contributed to the "rapid decline" phase following the peak of infections?
  • Why was it difficult to control the spread of influenza within a single military camp?
  • What was the medical treatment  available for patients infected with influenza during the pandemic of 1918? How would it differ for an influenza outbreak today? 
  • What measures were used to try to prevent spread of influenza in 1918? What proved effective?
  • How might the influenza pandemic spread geographically and temporally among US Army camps in September - October 1918?
  • What effect might World War I (1914 - 1918) have had on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 - not only the disease itself but also the social and economic factors associated with treating and controlling the disease?
  • What misinformation was circulating to explain the transmission of influenza in 1918? What factors might have contributed to such rumors becoming so widely shared and believed?
  • How might the 1918 pandemic have changed the role of women and other marginalized groups in the workforce?