Is Spanish flu the warning from history that should have crushed coronavirus?

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A terrifying virus. The world in panic. Scientists battling for a cure. Sounds like 2020 – but it’s 1918. This one-off special brings to life the onslaught of the Spanish flu that would kill three times more people than the Great War that preceded it.

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What lessons does this horrifying pandemic teach us? And could the deadly spread of coronavirus have been avoided if we had heeded them?

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