90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW

Applying Lessons Learned From A Century-Old Flu

In this 1918 photograph provided by the National Museum of Heath, influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, a subdivision of Fort Riley in Kansas. (AP)

In this 1918 photograph provided by the National Museum of Heath, influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, a subdivision of Fort Riley in Kansas. (AP)

Health researchers keep learning lessons from a flu pandemic that struck almost 100 years ago. The flu of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide, including 600,000 Americans.

The infection also spread to about a third of the world’s population — an enormous number of people. But it didn’t make everyone equally sick. Healthy, young soldiers succumbed to this flu virus. Toddlers and people in their 80s survived it.

Now, researchers from the University of Arizona have published a report that sheds light on who died from the flu and why.

Guest

Richard Knox, Boston-based health and science journalist. He tweets at @DickKnox.

More

CommonHealth: A Surprising New View Of Flu: Rethinking The 1918 Pandemic

  • “Ever since 1918, the world has wondered why a novel flu virus touched off an explosive pandemic that killed as many as 50 million people – most of them healthy young adults — and whether it could happen again.”

Other stories from this show:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.

Hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks introduce us to newsmakers, big thinkers and artists and bring us stories of relevance to Bostonians here and around the region. Live every weekday at 3.

  • Listen: Weekdays, 3 p.m. on 90.9 FM
  • Live Call-In: (800) 423-TALK
  • Listener Voicemail: (617) 358-0607
Most Popular
This site is best viewed with: Firefox | Internet Explorer 9 | Chrome | Safari