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A grim toll reprised: History is repeating itself 103 years later

Left, Marita Grove, a nurse practitioner at Lynn Community Health Center, works at the triage center, handling patients who come in for COVID-19 tests. Right, a 1918 public service message urging people to mask up in the fight against influenza. (Spenser Hasak, left. Barbara Poremba, right. )
History leaped 103 years to repeat itself in grim parallels highlighting similarities between the 1918 global influenza outbreak and COVID-19 onslaught beginning a year ago.  From public officials’ initial efforts to downplay the outbreaks, to the mounting death tolls spurring desperate efforts to fight the pandemics, the influenza epidemic and COVID-19 did not discriminate in…

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