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  •  1919 (0+ / 0-)

    My grandfather and a distant cousin were lost to the Spanish flu. Grandpa had TB and was vulnerable.  The cousin went to a dance Saturday night; was dead on Monday. If I remember correctly, the first wave was fairly benign.  The second and third were the killers.  Not if but when.

    •  Indeed. Nothing can prove the squawkers wrong... (0+ / 0-)

      Since there will always be a tomorrow, and tomorrow the sky might actually fall.

      Stick to your guns!

    •  My grandfather (0+ / 0-)

      Was in the army at the time. When he got sick, his CO sent him to the infirmary. He got there and saw nothing but dead and dying people and decided to go AWOL instead, holing up in a rooming house with lots of soup, and taking many baths, which kept him hydrated (though he probably didn't know that baths did that, I think he was just trying to wash the germs away).

      It was killing people in his unit so effectively, that once you got sick, it was assumed you were dead, so his CO was stunned when Grandpa turned up after he recovered. He'd already been written off as dead. Because Grandpa returned post-illness, of his own volition, the CO didn't even punish him for going AWOL.

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