What do you think is the biggest lesson we learned from the 1918 pandemic, Spanish flu? According to experts, it’s about telling the truth to the public. Downplaying the virus is apparently dangerous because people will still continue with their daily routines without caution.
At that time, the government downplayed the virus. Instead of stating how deadly it was, they masked it as if it was a normal flu in a different name. But of course, it all exploded when people got infected and the symptoms became more apparent. Imagine people bleeding out of their noses, mouths, and ears!
If people in power will not tell the truth, the trust will be broken. And this will have a domino effect.
John M. Barry, a historian, shared that people can deal with reality better than uncertainty. In this case, even if the truth is bad, they are likely to follow protocols rather than make assumptions about the virus.
The Difference between the Spanish Flu and Coronavirus
The main difference between the Spanish Flu and Coronavirus is the infected demographics. Back in 1918, most of the infected patients that died were in the age bracket of 18 to 45. It seems that the elderly at that time was exposed or experienced mild virus when they were younger, and it protected them using their own immunity.
Spanish flu’s incubation rate was just two days. The case is different with Coronavirus. This is actually both a good and bad thing. The advantage of having a longer incubation rate is that it buys us time to trace and isolate. But this means that the virus can last longer than what people experienced in 1918.
It seems that the fatality rate of Coronavirus is lower than the Spanish flu. In fact, in Iran, 7% of the population died during the 1918 pandemic. That’s a significant amount.
What to do in this pandemic?
Since we are already talking about the pandemic, we want to take this opportunity to share the best practices while we are all fighting these almost invisible enemies.
- Follow the government’s mandate
- Do not go out unless necessary
- Wear masks or protective gear if you need to go out
- Exercise even at the comforts of your own home
- Avoid crowded places
- Stack on good and nutritious foods
- Stay away from too much social media (it can trigger panic)
- Only check the credible source for news
- Disinfect your surroundings
- Always have alcohol or sanitizer ready
- Wash your hands
- Observe your health and check for signs or symptoms
- Meditate or do relaxing activities
- Support the frontliners
And if you are wondering what items and how much you need to stack, you can use the guide below.
Stack on the usual medications for common illnesses. And if you have specific conditions, make sure to get a supply for at least a month.
Foods good for three weeks
Please do not hoard. We recommend that you get a maximum 3 weeks’ worth of food. But be cautious when doing your groceries. You better get dried ones like beans, pasta, or rice. Of course, canned items are practical as of the moment. Almond milk is also a good option because of its longer shelf life.
Again, there’s no point in hoarding. Just imagine the trash we would all make if everyone’s drinking from bottled water. Your water supply will unlikely be affected. What’s more ideal is to get a water purifier instead.
If you can add more to this list, please share your thoughts.