A Pandemic And A Parade: What 1918 tells us about flattening the curve

Enacting social distancing and mass closures of schools, businesses, and other industries during the times of virus outbreaks has been shown to slow the waves of infection, as first witnessed during the era of the Spanish Flu when one American city acted proactively while another did not. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, areas that began social distancing practices sooner are already reporting a flattened curve of cases, which helps hospitals avoid overcrowding.

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