When History Repeats: Covid-19 and the Flu of 1918

Just over a century ago, a pandemic struck the U.S. What is known as the Spanish Flu (also known as the “1918 Flu” or “Spanish Influenza”) killed over 600,000 Americans and tens of millions worldwide. On this fifth day of the Illinois lockdown, I went in search of parallels between Covid-19 and the 1918 Flu. I looked for lessons we could learn from the response to our country’s last pandemic.

What would YOU say to scared Americans?

I write the day my state (Illinois) goes into full lock-down in an effort to curb Covid-19 spread. I'm not alone in being a little on edge. My world has been turned upside down. My local supermarket after Illinois lockdown announced. Trump was asked yesterday (March 20, 2020) at what is likely the beginning of… Continue reading What would YOU say to scared Americans?

Covid-19 Testing, NOW!

I usually write on photography and travel, but today I have some thoughts on Covid-19 testing in the U.S. I arrived back home to the U.S. from Venice, Italy (with a side-trip to Paris) on February 20, 2020 after a two week stay photographing their famous Carnival. Three days later, disaster struck. Covid-19 cases in… Continue reading Covid-19 Testing, NOW!