Different Viruses, Similar Outcomes: Tracing the Common Thread of Inequality Between Pandemics a Century Apart

Authorities shrugging off risk—or ordering everyone to mask up. The virus surging in locales that dropped their guards too soon. Death rates that cut along racial lines, impacting African Americans with particular ferocity.

What might sound like recent news stories from the COVID-19 pandemic describe the 1918 influenza pandemic just as well, according to a new study from a University of Maryland School of Public Health researcher, published this week in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

JPB Fellow Jennifer D. Roberts, assistant professor of kinesiology, found that despite leaps in science, technology and civil rights, the United States didn’t appear to learn much from the earlier pandemic. Read more.