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Quickly Noted: Historical Perspective

June 6, 2009

Dr. Greg Dworkin, of FluWikie and Dailykos fame, made an amazing point in a post last week that I wanted to pass along.

First is this graph showing the number of deaths in England and Wales during the 1918 Spanish flu:

 

Then this graph, showing the number of GP consultations in England and Wales during the 1968 – 1969 Hong Kong flu:

And today:

Obviously, each of these graphs shows something different, but the off-season bumps (which we’re currently seeing) have, at least twice before, heralded something worse.

Hat tip to DemfromCT.

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