The speed with which the disease’s ravaging was airbrushed from history remains a matter of mystery and speculation. In “America’s Forgotten Pandemic” (1989), Alfred W. Crosby suggests that the flu became in people’s minds “simply a subdivision of the war,” the other alien calamity that they were intent on forgetting. Few contagious diseases in that era were ever cured, and a practiced fatalism probably contributed to the willful adoption of what today we would call closure. Whereas the covid-19 pandemic is likely to determine what happens on November 3rd, the flu played no discernible part in Harding’s election.

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How the USA handled Spanish Flu hundred years ago.