Why 1918 matters in India’s corona war8 min read 12 Mar 2020, 11:03 PM IST
Over a century ago, Spanish flu all but destroyed the Indian economy. What can we learn from those experiences?
1918 experience matters because it was the last major pandemic that spread rapidly within India, showing what happens when an unprepared country comes in the way of a virulent pandemic
NEW DELHI : Towards the fag end of June, 1918, The Times of India Bombay carried a brief story about a “fever epidemic" that was sweeping through the city. Workshops got shut; most offices discovered that their clerical staff had suddenly taken leave en masse. But nobody realized the magnitude of what was about to unfold. The main remedy prescribed in the news article: Not to worry and go to bed.