Great Pandemics: 1918 and 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly spread to all corners of the world. The WHO said the U.S. is now the new epicenter, with over 210,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths. The pandemic bears resemblance to the 1918 influenza pandemic, the worst in history. The outbreak started in an army camp in Kansas, the U.S., and later spread unchecked, killing 25 to 40 million people worldwide. John Barry, an American author and historian, wrote the book "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History" that examines the collision of science and epidemics. Earlier, Tian Wei interviewed John Barry. He said the final lesson of 1918 -- a simple one yet the hardest to execute -- is that those in authority must retain the public's trust.

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