The Dangers of Ignoring History Lessons During a Pandemic

Ann Intern Med. 2021 Feb 9;M21-0449. doi: 10.7326/M21-0449. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

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.