Opinion: Abandoning masks now is a terrible idea. The 1918 pandemic shows why. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Abandoning masks now is a terrible idea. The 1918 pandemic shows why.. “That pandemic came in waves that were much more distinct than what we have experienced. The first wave was extraordinarily mild. The French Army suffered 40,000 hospitalizations but only about 100 deaths. The British Grand Fleet had 10,313 sailors fall ill — but only four deaths. Troops called it ‘three-day fever.’ It was equally mild among civilians and was not nearly as transmissible as influenza normally is. Like SARS-CoV-2, the 1918 influenza virus jumped species from an animal to humans. As it infected more humans, it mutated. It became much more transmissible, sweeping across continents and oceans and penetrating everywhere. And as it became more transmissible, it caused a much, much more lethal second wave. It became the worst version of itself.”

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