The coronavirus pandemic has well and really got our attention right now, and one word that keeps popping up is "extraordinary," implying that it's uncharted territory to all concerned, which is true.

Nevertheless, my Daddy was born in precisely the exact same scenarios, throughout the fantastic Spanish influenza pandemic which raged from 1918 to 1920. He was called a "flu child" and was born premature, and they believed he was born dead, so the overtaxed medical personnel put him in a shoebox and put it to one side while they tended to the mom and all the other thousands of clients they had. 

A long time later on a nurse saw the child moving in the shoebox, and my Dad's life was saved, which is why I can be here writing this short article.

But there's more! In that influenza pandemic, individuals were told to stay at the house, similar to today. They were told to stay away from other people, like today. There were around the world lockdowns, where nobody was allowed to go out into the streets, and some were aimed for doing so. Meetings, work, churches, synagogues, mosques, sports - all were shut down. 

Those were the days before prescription antibiotics had actually been found, and a lot of the health help we have today were unavailable, so over 50 million people passed away worldwide, mostly from secondary causes which could have been treated by contemporary medicine. I remember my parents, who were born in Durban, South Africa, often discussing it and how dreadful it was.

But it passed. And this one will too. But it is necessary that we keep away from each other, and remain at the house, and clean our hands and faces and practice stringent health. Cities in the 1918 pandemic that did this for 6 weeks or more were the ones that fared the best and had very few deaths. This is the key: if the virus can't spread out, it dies within days. It can just live by discovering a new host. Reject it that choice, and it will die.

In 1920, when the infection had actually died out, the world continued. It was rough for a while economically, but individuals managed. So do not lose hope, the sun will come out once again. Times are hard now. However, they won't last forever, and if we do it right and play our part, being accountable and thinking of others, it will reduce the time that all of us have to suffer.

Knowing from the 1918 pandemic, it is apparent that we need to be in no hurry to come out of lockdown. Some cities did that when the infection rate dropped, and they had a renewal of cases, so we should remain in lockdown till this enemy is dead.

So delight in the spring - it is a sign of the budding hope, that this awful worldwide scourge will quickly be but a memory, and we will once again picnic in the sunlight with our friends and family, and enjoy our world!

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