So glad the post has written about this pandemic--which your editor remembers quite well for personal reasons.
MEMORY LANE---WHY AMERICAN LIFE WENT ON AS NORMAL DURING THE KILLER PANDEMIC OF 1969
EXCERPTED: “Life continued as normal,” said Jeffrey Tucker, the editorial
director for the American Institute for Economic Research. “But as with
now, no one knew for certain how deadly [the pandemic] would turn out to
be. Regardless, people went on with their lives.”
Which, he said, isn’t all that surprising. “That generation
approached viruses with calm, rationality and intelligence,” he said.
“We left disease mitigation to medical professionals, individuals and
families, rather than politics, politicians and government.”
While it’s way too soon to compare the numbers, H3N2 has so far
proved deadlier than COVID-19. Between 1968 and 1970, the Hong Kong flu
killed between an estimated one and four million, according to the CDC
and Encyclopaedia Britannica, with US deaths exceeding 100,000. As of
this writing, COVID-19 has killed more than 295,000 globally and around 83,000 in the United States, according to Johns
Hopkins University. READ MORE AT https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/why-life-went-on-as-normal-during-the-killer-pandemic-of-1969/