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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

What The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Can Teach Us About Coronavirus

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John Barry who has written extensively about the 1918 influenza pandemic joins to reveal what lessons it could teach us about the coronavirus.
Aired on 3/25/20.


The 1918 influenza pandemic killed 50 to 100 million people around the world. John M. Barry, the author of a book on the pandemic, explains what happened. And how the response to coronavirus could avoid a repeat of 'the great influenza,' or the Spanish flu.
Qurantine, self- isolation and keeping a distance: For most of us this is a rather new concept we have to get used to in times of the Coronavirus pandemic at the moment.
But there are some people who are real professionals when it comes to living in isolation for a long time. How do they prepare? And what lessons can we learn from them?
We will take a look into how astronauts and NASA specialists can help us through these challenging times in this DW Covid 19 Special.
As the first polls were set to close on Super Tuesday, exit polling showed Democratic voters were most concerned with defeating President Trump in the general election. CBS News contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright and CBS News political analyst and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez join "Red and Blue" to discuss what the exit polls might mean for the candidates.
During the 1918 pandemic, two U.S. cities took wildly different approaches. The results show us the importance of "flattening the curve."

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>>> THIS IS REAL.
>>> THIS IS REAL. AND OUR STATE AND EVERYONE IN IT
AND OUR STATE AND EVERYONE IN IT NEEDS TO TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY.
NEEDS TO TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. OUR VENTILATOR CAPACITY IS FAR
OUR VENTILATOR CAPACITY IS FAR FROM OKAY IN LOUISIANA.
FROM OKAY IN LOUISIANA. THE PROBLEM ISN’T JUST THAT THE
THE PROBLEM ISN’T JUST THAT THE CASES ARE GROWING EVERY DAY.
CASES ARE GROWING EVERY DAY. IT IS THAT THEY’RE GROWING
IT IS THAT THEY’RE GROWING RAPIDLY EVERY DAY.
RAPIDLY EVERY DAY. IF OUR GROWTH CONTINUES, WE
IF OUR GROWTH CONTINUES, WE COULD POTENTIALLY RUN OUT OF
COULD POTENTIALLY RUN OUT OF VENTS IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA IN
VENTS IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA IN THE FIRST WEEK IN APRIL.
THE FIRST WEEK IN APRIL. >> ONE ASTERISK, REMEMBER THEY
>> ONE ASTERISK, REMEMBER THEY CELEBRATED FAT TUESDAY AND MARDI
CELEBRATED FAT TUESDAY AND MARDI GRAS AS USUAL, OUTDOORS AND
GRAS AS USUAL, OUTDOORS AND TOGETHER.
TOGETHER. BUT NOW THERE ARE DIRE WARNINGS
BUT NOW THERE ARE DIRE WARNINGS OUT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AS
OUT OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AS THE GOVERNOR TRIES TO CONVINCE
THE GOVERNOR TRIES TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS.
PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS. WANT TO SHOW YOU BOURBON STREET
WANT TO SHOW YOU BOURBON STREET IN THE QUARTER TODAY.
IN THE QUARTER TODAY. A LONE PUBLIC SERVANT, A LETTER
A LONE PUBLIC SERVANT, A LETTER CARRIER, MAKING HIS ROUNDS.
CARRIER, MAKING HIS ROUNDS. THE GOVERNOR SAID YESTERDAY
THE GOVERNOR SAID YESTERDAY LOUISIANA LEADS THE WORLD IN NEW
LOUISIANA LEADS THE WORLD IN NEW CASES.
CASES. 65 SOULS HAVE ALREADY DIED
65 SOULS HAVE ALREADY DIED THERE.
THERE. OUR NEXT GUEST WHO LIVES IN NEW
OUR NEXT GUEST WHO LIVES IN NEW ORLEANS RECENTLY WROTE A NRKTS
ORLEANS RECENTLY WROTE A NRKTS NSHLTHS OP-ED WARNING THAT THE
NSHLTHS OP-ED WARNING THAT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OF
SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OF THE 1918 INFLUENZA WAS TELL THE
THE 1918 INFLUENZA WAS TELL THE TRUTH.
TRUTH. WITH US FOR MORE TONIGHT VETERAN
WITH US FOR MORE TONIGHT VETERAN JOURNALIST JOHN BARRY.
JOURNALIST JOHN BARRY. HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE
HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING BOOK "THE GREAT
BEST-SELLING BOOK "THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE STORY OF THE
INFLUENZA: THE STORY OF THE DEADLIEST PANDEMIC IN HISTORY."
DEADLIEST PANDEMIC IN HISTORY." JOHN, WHILE GRATEFUL THAT WE
JOHN, WHILE GRATEFUL THAT WE GRABBED ONE OF THE LAST
GRABBED ONE OF THE LAST VACATIONS APPARENTLY IN AMERICA,
VACATIONS APPARENTLY IN AMERICA, I HAVE TO GIVE YOUR BOOK CREDIT
I HAVE TO GIVE YOUR BOOK CREDIT FOR RUINING MINE BECAUSE IT’S
FOR RUINING MINE BECAUSE IT’S ALL I READ WHILE I WAS AWAY.
ALL I READ WHILE I WAS AWAY. HAVING SAID THAT, PLEASE GIVE US
HAVING SAID THAT, PLEASE GIVE US A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE CITY YOU
A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE CITY YOU AND I BOTH LOVE, AND THAT’S NEW
AND I BOTH LOVE, AND THAT’S NEW ORLEANS.
ORLEANS. >> THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS
>> THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS PRETTY MUCH CARRIED ALL YOU NEED
PRETTY MUCH CARRIED ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.
TO KNOW. AND IT’S A DIRE SITUATION,
AND IT’S A DIRE SITUATION, EXTREMELY RAPID GROWTH IN CASES.
EXTREMELY RAPID GROWTH IN CASES. I LIVE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER.
I LIVE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. IT’S EMPTY.
IT’S EMPTY. TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE.
TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE. THE SAME THING THAT’S HAPPENING
THE SAME THING THAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW YORK.
IN NEW YORK. WE’RE JUST A LITTLE BIT BEHIND
WE’RE JUST A LITTLE BIT BEHIND THAT PACE, I’D SAY,
THAT PACE, I’D SAY, UNFORTUNATELY.
UNFORTUNATELY. HOPEFULLY SOMETHING GOOD WILL
HOPEFULLY SOMETHING GOOD WILL HAPPEN.
HAPPEN. WE DID INSTITUTE -- GO AHEAD.
WE DID INSTITUTE -- GO AHEAD. >> I WAS JUST GOING TO MAKE A
>> I WAS JUST GOING TO MAKE A POINT THERE’S A TON OF CATHOLICS
POINT THERE’S A TON OF CATHOLICS DOWN THERE, A TON OF CATHOLICS
DOWN THERE, A TON OF CATHOLICS IN PHILADELPHIA WHERE THE
IN PHILADELPHIA WHERE THE ARCHDIOCESE IN PHILLY CANCELED
ARCHDIOCESE IN PHILLY CANCELED EASTER SERVICES AS OF TODAY
EASTER SERVICES AS OF TODAY ALREADY FOR EASTER SUNDAY.
ALREADY FOR EASTER SUNDAY. I FURTHER THOUGHT OF YOUR BOOK
I FURTHER THOUGHT OF YOUR BOOK AND THE STORY YOU TELL.
AND THE STORY YOU TELL. PERHAPS YOU CAN TELL THE
PERHAPS YOU CAN TELL THE 60-SECOND VERSION HERE ABOUT THE
60-SECOND VERSION HERE ABOUT THE PARADE IN PHILADELPHIA VIS-A-VIS
PARADE IN PHILADELPHIA VIS-A-VIS WHAT WE NOW DEFINE AS SOCIAL
WHAT WE NOW DEFINE AS SOCIAL DISTANCING.
DISTANCING. >> IN PHILADELPHIA THEY HAD A
>> IN PHILADELPHIA THEY HAD A LIBERTY LONG PARADE TO SELL WAR
LIBERTY LONG PARADE TO SELL WAR BONDS.
BONDS. THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY VIRTUALLY
THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY VIRTUALLY UNIVERSALLY ADVISED CANCELING
UNIVERSALLY ADVISED CANCELING THE PARADE.
THE PARADE. THEY DIDN’T.
THEY DIDN’T. AND ROUGHLY 48 HOURS AFTER THE
AND ROUGHLY 48 HOURS AFTER THE PARADE THE AVERAGE INCUBATION
PARADE THE AVERAGE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR INFLUENZA, HUNDREDS
PERIOD FOR INFLUENZA, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE
OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE STREET, AND THE DISEASE JUST
STREET, AND THE DISEASE JUST EXPLODED AND THE CITY ENDED UP
EXPLODED AND THE CITY ENDED UP ONE OF THE WORST CITIES IN THE

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