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What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic? – podcast – The Guardian

In a special episode to mark the Guardian’s 200th anniversary, Nicola Davis looks back at the 1918 flu pandemic to see how it was reported and what we can learn…



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On 22 June 1918, the Manchester Guardian reported that a flu epidemic was moving through the British Isles. It was noted to be by any means a common form of influenza. Eventually, it took the lives of more than 50 million people around the world. In a special episode to mark the Guardians 200th anniversary, Nicola Davis looks back on the 1918 flu pandemic and how it was reported at the time. Speaking to science journalist Laura Spinney, and ex-chief reporter at the Observer and science historian…

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