There have been numerous comparisons made between our current global coronavirus pandemic and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and with good reason. These are two viral infections swept across the globe in record time, (historically speaking), and caused an enormous amount of death and destruction.
Furthermore, the Spanish Flu epidemic came during the industrial revolution here in the United States, while this COVID-19 pandemic arrived – and in some ways acted as a catalyst for – the digital revolution that we’re undergoing currently. By forcing Americans to stay home, both outbreaks had dire economic impacts as well, with the 1918 epidemic giving way to the roaring twenties period of American decadence. We’ll just have to wait and see if we get that lucky again here in the 21st century.
What’s concerning, however, is that the worst of the Spanish Flu epidemic didn’t occur in its first several months or year. The second and third waves of the disease were the most deadly.
This has authorities in major metropolitan areas growing nervous.
Paris and its surrounding suburbs have been put on “maximum alert” Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the city.
Bars in the French capital will close on Tuesday as part of a new package of restrictions designed to stop the spread of the virus but restaurants will be allowed to stay open, with “reinforced precautions,” according to France 24.Outlining specific measures on Monday, Paris’ police chief Didier Lallement said that from Tuesday, all bars will not be allowed to open.
“These are braking measures because the epidemic is moving too fast,” Lallement told journalists, news agency AFP reported. “From tomorrow, all bars will be closed.”
Similarly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that he would be closing schools and non-essential businesses in several ZIP codes within The Five Boroughs after an alarming trend in COVID-19 cases was discovered.
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