John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, told N1 on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is similar to the Spanish Flu at the end of WW 1 in that it will bring changes to politics and the economy.
Barry said that there are a lot of parallels between the two pandemics. According to him, the greatest lesson of 1918 is that the truth has to be told. “The authorities can save lives if they simply tell the truth and that is not happening in too many countries including, unfortunately, the United States. There are countries in which the authorities were truthful and they fared much better,” he said.
He said that the Spanish Flu killed between 50 and 100 million people, more than the number killed in World War One and added that the coronavirus pandemic is not as deadly but is shaking up the world with consequences similar to those in the years after the Great War.