Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout
Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout
Frank Bongiorno
Opinion

Opinion

Frank Bongiorno

How Australia’s response to the Spanish flu of 1919 provides a lesson from history for fighting coronavirus

  • The flu probably came into the country via returning soldiers, many of whom broke quarantine, though the precise source is unknown
  • Plans to confront the Spanish flu devised at the national level unravelled, leaving states to employ different strategies to protect themselves

Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout
Estimates of global deaths from the flu in 1919 range from around 30 million to 100 million. Photo: Handout
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