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Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« on: Friday 15 May 20 18:14 BST (UK) »
There was a program today on BBC radio 4 about the 1919 flu epidemic.
Not always comfortable listening but one thing that struck me:
There seemed to be a view that one reason why in that epidemic younger, working age people were fatally aflicted was that they had to struggle in to work to earn a living instead of staying in bed to recover.
I am not sure how relevant this is to our current situation but it has been surprising how little official instruction there has been about how to look after someone with covid at home: ie lots and lots of fluid, paracetamol, energy foods, complete rest, monitor temperature, and blood oxygen.

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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #1 on: Friday 15 May 20 18:33 BST (UK) »
I listened to it. "Pandemic 1918". 1st of 3 programmes "Origins, Symptoms and Spread".
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« Reply #2 on: Friday 15 May 20 18:56 BST (UK) »

Didn't catch this programme, but I read a book last year about the Spanish flu pandemic, - 'Pale Rider' by Laura Spinney.

Very good book, - I wish now that I'd bought it, - but I just borrowed it from the Library.

Funny how that pandemic just lasted for a year...

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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #3 on: Friday 15 May 20 21:25 BST (UK) »
The British Influenza Epidemic  was from June 1918 to early 1919. It occurred in three waves, the first wave of what was called 'Spanish flu' reached England in June 1918, but most deaths occurred in the autumn of 1918, during the second wave, fewer British people died in the third wave of early 1919. Altogether approximately 200,000 people died in England and Wales
Although the total was large, the weekly numbers in the various districts was relatively small, you can see the figures in the tables at  http://www.rootschat.com/links/01pgs/
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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #4 on: Friday 15 May 20 22:48 BST (UK) »
I listened to the programme today too. I found it very interesting and felt so sorry for some of the soldiers who struggled home only to find members of their families had died or that they were suddenly taken unwell with it... having been through everything that the WWI threw at them.

Didn't realise that it was 1of 3 when are the next two being broadcasted does anyone know?


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« Reply #5 on: Friday 15 May 20 23:12 BST (UK) »
Didn't realise that it was 1of 3 when are the next two being broadcasted does anyone know?

Next Friday and the Friday after, 11a.m. I assume.
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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #6 on: Friday 15 May 20 23:13 BST (UK) »
Didn't realise that it was 1of 3 when are the next two being broadcasted does anyone know?

Next Friday and the Friday after, 11a.m. I assume.


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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 16 May 20 13:41 BST (UK) »
I did read this....
The reported first case....
Camp Funston in Fort Riley, Kansas, on March 11, 1918.
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Re: Radio4 program on 1919 flu
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 16 May 20 14:07 BST (UK) »
Didn't realise that it was 1of 3 when are the next two being broadcasted does anyone know?

Next Friday and the Friday after, 11a.m. I assume.

Next Fridays is - How the UK and the World reacted to the 1918 Pandemic