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Lessons In Lockdowns: Philadelphia Vs. St. Louis Amid The 1918 Spanish Flu

As cities around the world try to contain the spread of the coronavirus, history offers a sobering lesson about the effectiveness of lockdowns and banning mass gatherings. In 1918, amid the Spanish flu pandemic, the city of Philadelphia in the United States decided not to cancel a huge parade. In contrast, the U.S. city of St. Louis imposed tough measures early on that banned public events. As a result, Philadelphia's death rate from Spanish flu was two times higher than that of St. Louis's.

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