1918 U.S. Navy Controlled Clinical Experiments Contradict Influenza Transmission: Implications for COVID-19

1918 U.S. Navy Controlled Clinical Experiments Contradict Influenza Transmission: Implications for COVID-19

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Dr. Ron Brown – Opinion Editorial

August 21, 2021

More U.S. military personnel died from influenza and pneumonia during the 1918 pandemic than from combat during World War I. The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919 (nih.gov). Military medical officers implemented the same preventive measures during WWI that we are continuing to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic with the same poor results, including quarantining, temperature taking, patient isolation, limits on group gatherings, face masks and gowns, improved ventilation, screens between bunk beds, sprays to prevent infections, and experimental vaccines. The U.S. Army Medical Department during WWI admitted that “the best result to be expected from any or all of these measures is a slowing of the progress of an epidemic rather than any considerable diminution in the number of cases.” Sound familiar? To prove the hypothesis that influenza was transmitted from person to person during the 1918 pandemic, the U.S. Navy organized clinical experiments on healthy military personnel and h...

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