Embracing visionary thinking
Between January 1918 and December 1920, some 500 million people around the world were infected by a flu pandemic that killed between 50 and 100 million people. The Spanish flu, as it became known, arrived in three waves. During the first wave the sick and elderly were most at risk – the normal risk groups for flu. It was in the second and third waves, however, after the virus had mutated, that the young and healthy were hardest hit and most of the deaths occurred.
It has been suggested that the conditions of World War I were partly responsible for both the mutation and rapid spread of the flu virus. Governments had not anticipated or planned for the outbreak of a pandemic at such a time. Consequently, they unwittingly ...