Radio interview about the 1918 influenza pandemic

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Interviewed about the economic consequences of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic (known as the Spanish flu).

Period23 Apr 2020

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  • TitleEconomic lessons from pandemics past
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC Radio 4
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionIn the 14th century the world was devastated by plague, known as 'The Black Death', in the 20th century a deadly form of influenza struck infecting around a quarter of the world's population. Since then HIV, Ebola and more have stricken nations. With each epidemic and pandemic comes a huge human cost but each also carry an economic cost. In this programme John Murphy visits pandemics past to see what history can teach us about economic cost and recovery.
    Producer/AuthorJohn Murphy
    PersonsChris Colvin


  • Spanish flu
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic