Almost one hundred years ago, a global pandemic eerily similar to COVID-19 swept through the country. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish Flu, left 8500 Wisconsin residents dead.
It also forced mass closures of business and mandatory quarantine orders.
Earlier today, WORT producer Jonah Chester spoke with Jim Malewitz, Investigations Editor at Wisconsin Watch. Malewitz recently published a piece that compares Wisconsin’s responses to the 1918 Pandemic and COVID-19.
(Photo c/o Wisconsin State Journal)