The Dangers of Ignoring History Lessons During a Pandemic

Ann Intern Med. 2021 Apr;174(4):556-557. doi: 10.7326/M21-0449. Epub 2021 Feb 9.


In this issue, Staub and colleagues provide a historical analysis of the response to the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic in Bern canton, Switzerland. The editorialist discusses their observations and highlights the dangers of eschewing the lessons that history provides.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human* / epidemiology
  • Pandemics