KNPR Features

The 1918 Pandemic

July 23, 2020

As Nevada Yesterdays returns after a few months of social distancing, it’s worth remembering COVID-19 isn’t our first pandemic. The flu outbreak in 1918 also had a significant impact on Nevada, and had some important similarities to the present.The international pandemic began in August 1918. Around 25 million Americans got the flu and about half a million of them died. Today, the U.S. population is more than three times larger. The numbers today would be even more staggering.

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