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We Survived 1918 Spanish Flu, We'll Survive Coronavirus

We Survived 1918 Spanish Flu, We'll Survive Coronavirus

1918-1919. An epidemic of Spanish flu spread globally. At least 20 million died, although some estimates put the final toll at 50 million. It`s estimated that between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of the entire global population became sick.  (Satori13/Dreamstime)

By Wednesday, 15 April 2020 04:39 AM Current | Bio | Archive

For the past several weeks, I’ve heard a number of the doom and gloom pundits and politicians talking about our inability to return to normalor our way of living prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I’ve heard doctors say this may be the end of shaking hands, and hugs and kisses to loved ones. I've heard reporters claiming that the days of major sporting events like football, baseball, soccer and the like are over. No more concerts, school auditoriums, etc.

Whether this is politically motivated rhetoric, or just said out of stupidity and ignorance, those panicked by their lunacy should remember that the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 infected an estimated 500 million people globally; 25 to 50 million people died, 675,000 of whom were Americans.

You know what?

We got through it and went on to shake hands, attend sporting events and concerts, and went on to give the proverbial high fives, as well as hugs and kisses.

Eventually we got back to normal, following a pandemic that was 10 times worse than this one.  

So, ignore the political hype and fearmongers.

Remember that one of our country’s greatest strengths is its people.

History has shown that we can get through anything.

We’ll get through this just like we did the aftermaths of 9/11, Katrina, Sandy, H1NI, the West Nile Virus, Ebola, and yes — the Spanish Flu of 1918.

God Bless the United States of America.

As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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