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Apr 16, 2020

State historian Walt Woodward used his recent shelter-in-place time to create a podcast about the deadliest disease to ever hit Connecticut. The influenza pandemic of 1918, like C0VID-19, stopped life as people-knew-it in its tracks.

Emergency Hospital #16 New Haven[Library of Congress] 

He asked the questions we’re asking about today’s pandemic to pandemic of a century ago.

Where did it come from? How did it spread? Who did it affect the most? How did the medical community respond to it? How did state and local governments respond? What social distancing measures were taken? And how did its impact change Connecticut and its people?

 Walt found history, as always, to be an important reference point. We think you will, too. If you like what you hear, please share it with your friends.