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Learning from Forgotten Epidemics

By Ian Townsend

One of the premises of pandemic plans is that the public will cooperate with authorities. How well we cooperate with quarantine and rationing, queuing at surgeries and being ordered to stay at home will determine how well the country copes.

A panic had set in and people from the infected area were hurrying to be inoculated. The crush was dreadful and the crowd fought and struggled. [When injected] … the men shouted and swore and they charged out like mad bulls. The women didn’t scream, [but] hung about on one another’s necks and wept softly, wondering if they were going to die. – The Bulletin, March 31, 1900