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The Spanish Flu

Although there have been several beginnings of scary scenarios in recent years, with estimates of diseases spreading around the world, we are not used to the fact that infectious diseases can spread with great haste and hit thousands or millions of people. With the recent  COVID-19 outbreak, we have become aware that a sneeze in China can quickly spread, — even here in Europe.

The Spanish Flu, which killed millions of people worldwide in 1918, was the last major global pandemic . Although it happened over 100 years ago, there is still much we can learn from that influenza. How dangerous are these global infectious diseases?  What can we do to protect ourselves? Is it true that the military has been experimenting with biological warfare viruses?

Professor Lone Simonsen from Roskilde University Center talks (in Danish) about the global pandemics to science journalist Jens Degett from Science Stories.

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Science Stories is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.