Lessons from the Spanish Flu

With the current COVID-19 pandemic that we are facing, we need swift actions to be taken by governments to enforce social distancing measures. Although social distancing measures such as working from home, closure of educational institutes, and the banning of public events are essential components in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there appears to be a delay in the adoption of these measures in many countries, even in the affluent settings, some in fear of ‘over-reacting’ and ‘hurting the economy’.

“Lessons learnt from a century ago during the Spanish Flu pandemic should not be forgotten. History has taught us that delays are going to be very very ‘costly’”, opines Associate Prof Dr Nirmala Bhoo Pathy in her article published in Free Malaysia Today on 14th March 2019. The article was also published in The Sun Daily, My SinChew, and The Star.

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