2020-05-04 05:38:52 UTC
"In my lifetime, there was another deadly flu epidemic in the United
States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to the United States, arriving
December 1968 and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed 100,000
people in the U.S., mostly over the age of 65, and one million worldwide."
"Lifespan in the US in those days was 70 whereas it is 78 today.
Population was 200 million as compared with 328 million today. It was
also a healthier population with low obesity. If it would be possible to
extrapolate the death data based on population and demographics, we
might be looking at a quarter million deaths today from this virus. So
in terms of lethality, it was as deadly and scary as COVID-19 if not
more so, though we shall have to wait to see."
"“In 1968,” says Nathaniel L. Moir in National Interest, “the H3N2
pandemic killed more individuals in the U.S. than the combined total
number of American fatalities during both the Vietnam and Korean Wars.”
"And this happened in the lifetimes of every American over 52 years of age."
"I was 5 years old and have no memory of this at all. My mother vaguely
remembers being careful and washing surfaces, and encouraging her mom
and dad to be careful. Otherwise, it’s mostly forgotten today. Why is that?"
"Nothing closed. Schools stayed open. All businesses did too. You could
go to the movies. You could go to bars and restaurants. John Fund has a
friend who reports having attended a Grateful Dead concert. In fact,
people have no memory or awareness that the famous Woodstock concert of
August 1969 – planned in January during the worse period of death –
actually occurred during a deadly American flu pandemic that only peaked
globally six months later. There was no thought given to the virus
which, like ours today, was dangerous mainly for a non-concert-going
Interesting. The only thing that I remember from 1968 is when the radio
in Mom's VW Bus broke into a song and announced that Bobby Kennedy had
been shot in California and sadly died later.