Reheating a Cold Case

(Mar 8, 2022)

In criminal investigation, it is well known that passing time obscures the facts, making what happened more difficult to discern. Eventually, the case turns cold - unlikely to be solved unless we discover new evidence. In some ways for over a century, epidemiologists have been dealing with just such a cold case, picking through the rubble of the 1918 Influenza pandemic and trying to make sense of what they find. But as we will see, debate continues in a number of areas.

Researchers have argued whether 1918's influenza was somehow implicated in the 1915 to 1926 epidemic of the neurological disease encephalitis lethargica, and pondered the link with a following spike in Parkinson's disease. It would be premature…

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Tags: coronavirus, pandemic, influenza, cardiovascular

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