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  •  1918 epidemic and the war (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    What I did not know until recently is that one of the prime ways the 1918 epidemic spread was via troop movements and troops packed together in barracks, troop ships, and foxholes. The fact that it hit young people may have been partly a side effect of it hitting primarily military personnel. There were civilian deaths (including one in my extended family), but a high percentage here and in Europe were military men. And people living in foxholes and trenches and under huge amounts of stress may not have been the "strong and healthy" young adults that we tend to envision.

    •  It was pretty virulent, nonetheless (0+ / 0-)

      It killed one of my great-aunts, who was young (and I believe healthy), and who was certainly not in a trench in France.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 07:41:03 PM PDT

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    •  rug, global flu, not confined to troops... (0+ / 0-)

      although spreading disease is easier when people are packed like sardines.

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