Moving classrooms outside is not a new idea. It’s been done in past disease outbreaks such as tuberculosis and the Spanish flu.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others all had their own cures for the Spanish flu. But some of these may have made things worse.
The IOC was under considerable pressure to host the 1920 games. While a noble goal, it resulted in significant hardships for war-torn Belgium and the athletes themselves.
Woolf’s writing about illness defied the establishment’s post-war story of national strength.
Hemingway’s response to death and disease was very different from the parody that circulated earlier this year.
It will always be too early, depending on who you ask, so put up your decorations whenever you want if it makes you happy.
Masks have a chequered history in western fashion. Some silenced women in the name of beauty, others provoked sexual desire.
As the US battled the 1918 influenza pandemic, some communities staged contentious battles against wearing masks. Sound familiar?
It’s always dangerous to put present-day events into historic perspectives. That’s especially true when political leaders have compared the coronavirus pandemic to a war effort.
How politicians and the public in Denver, Colorado handled the 1918 flu epidemic is relevant to today.
Australia’s island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.
Plagues and flu pandemics of the past have led to long-term disadvantages for those affected, and increased prejudice.
Children may have fallen behind on their vaccination schedules during the pandemic, increasing the risk that COVID-19 may be followed by outbreaks of once-eradicated diseases.
There are many similarities between Spanish flu and coronavirus, from school closures to mask debates. The story of 1919 also shows governments face choices that can have a terrible cost in lives.
Authorities around the world can do more to ensure that correct information and messages on the pandemic reach everybody.
Some 1,500 years ago, the Plague of Justinian spread via ships from North Africa to Europe and Asia, killing up to 50 million people.
Over 30 countries today are making people wear masks in public, despite serious doubts from scientists.
As countries get ready to re-open their economies, will there be a post-pandemic recovery? History and current economic models suggest those looking for a quick rebound will be disappointed.
Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.
As Spanish flu ravaged the world in 1919, Australians found novel ways to commemorate Anzac Day, and they will do so again this year.