We’ve been here before

Welcome to two Americas—and two American health crises: the coronavirus epidemic of 2020 and the polio epidemic of 1916. Now, as then, there are no proven cures. Now, as then, there is no vaccine. Now, as then, there is plenty of hooey going around—but there’s a lot to learn from that long-ago tragedy too.

Comparisons are more commonly drawn between the 1918 flu pandemic and today, but the polio outbreak is actually the more apt one. Today, we hear nonsense about injecting disinfectant into the body to battle coronavirus.

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How Remdesivir Became The First And Biggest Hope For Treating COVID-19
Dr. George Diaz was at home in Edmonds, Wash., on Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m., when his phone rang with news that he was both anticipating and dreading. On the line was his hospital’s infection-prevention manager, who had just received a call from the U.S.
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A COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise In Early Study
IN MARCH, THE BIOTECH COMPANY Moderna became one of the first to begin testing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in healthy human volunteers. Now, the company has reported positive results from a small Phase 1 study: Moderna said on May 18 that there
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Dhruv, 17, lives in Allentown, Pa., and plans to attend the University of Virginia this fall WE WERE ON SPRING BREAK when the corona hype hit the U.S. At first we were like, “Oh, this is cool, we get another couple days.” But those days turned into m