What we do know is that all of the movement of people and animals made this virus transmit much faster around the world than it would have otherwise. And you can directly associate it with the effects of the war.

A BETTER PEACE welcomes Michael Neiberg to examine the misnamed Spanish Flu of 1918. Neiberg joins our Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt as they consider the factors that lead to the devastation of that pandemic and how it relates to the modern day COVID-19 outbreak. What are the parallels, best practices and considerations that might be crucial to dealing with the present day pandemic?

Michael Neiberg is the Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Jacqueline E. Whitt is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor-in-Chief of WAR ROOM. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: The 39th Regiment, wearing face masks provided by the Red Cross, marching in Seattle, Washington, prior to their departure for France.

Photo Credit: National Archives Photograph, December 1918.

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  • Za’Kiria May

    This podcast is discussing on what to do about the Spanish flu and it came associated with Spanish kings and other people that stay in Spanish. Everybody should continue to wash their hands and always stay away from people six feet from each other. The flu spread fast and it move over the world and the deaths can be millions or billions or maybe more.

    • Za’Kiria May

      I’m also a student from Copiah Lincoln Community College and thank you Dr.Neiberg for letting me know everything about Spanish flu.

  • Shelby Lang

    I am a student Ms. Jill Childress at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and I wanted to thank you, Dr. Neiberg,for teaching me more about the Spanish flu and giving me the history behind it instead of just the science. What I found most interesting about this podcast was the similarities that we are seeing today. No we are not in the middle of a war, but the world does feel very divided over this pandemic. I also enjoyed hearing the the background information of the Spanish flu, I did not realize how bad this pandemic was and I will be doing more research on it in the future. – Shelby Lang

  • Savannah Madison

    My name is Savannah Madison and I am a student of Mrs. Jill Childress at Copiah- Lincoln Community College,and I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me about the Spanish Flu especially at a time like this. I find it really interesting that history has a way of repeating itself nearly 100 years later. Our present world and the world in 1918 are still similar with the trading of animals and things, so it makes sense that another global pandemic would come around again. We should start to do as you said at the end of your podcast, we should take this global problem and fix it with a global solution.

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