Deadly new virus, MERS, ‘a threat to the entire world’ as long incubation period stokes transmission fears

Who says teaching students in grade 10 about the impact of the Spanish influenza on western society is pointless. It isn’t about scaring the students; it’s about teaching them the importance of social norms in pandemic situations. One better not hope that adolescent only learn how societies react to pandemics from popular Zombie movies and TV shows. Granted, the first 100 pages of WWZ basically steal the rise of the African rabies pandemic from the actual breakout of the Spanish flu, but using different countries and more modern means of international travel. Teaching students how our ancestors overcame pandemics in the past is a lesson worth teaching. The Spanish Flu offers history teachers a means to teach those lessons.


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