History Matters Special Edition: The Spanish Flu, Polio and COVID-19

The past is prologue to the future, and–here we are–102 years later, in the midst of another calamitous pandemic. The Spanish Flu reached the U.S. in March of 1918; now, just after another Ides of March, the country is plagued—literally—by another deadly influenza. This one is COVID-19. We’ve come far since the Spanish Flu surprised the world a century ago; little was known about how…