Opinion

The four horsemen of the pandemic

By John Quiggin
Updated July 1 2021 - 2:56pm, first published January 11 2021 - 6:25pm
American soldiers in Seattle in December 1918, on their way to France during the influenza pandemic. Picture: Shutterstock

We are all familiar with images of mud and death in the trenches of the First World War. But it's only over the past year that many of us have seen photos of the influenza pandemic that raged during the last year of the war and on into 1919. Foreshadowing our own time, they show wards full of sick and dying patients, masked nurses, police and ordinary citizens, and even anti-mask protesters.

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