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Remember the Hong Kong flu?

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Posted By: Magnante, 4/29/2020 9:06:23 AM

An I’m-so-cute-and-clever reporter recently asked the president if he deserved to be re-elected given the number of deaths from coronavirus, noting that the number is greater than American fatalities from the Vietnam war. (snip) She may have been unaware that at the height of the Vietnam war, there was something that killed more Americans than the war did, and it was a similar virus — and no one questioned whether a president should be elected or not because of the virus, known as the Hong Kong Flu. In 1968-69, the Hong Kong flu ravaged the world; it wound up killing more than one million people worldwide

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin 4/29/2020 9:21:43 AM (No. 395199)
That is old stuff. All that matters is new stuff that has usefulness as a chance to spin it into anti-Trump screeds.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Toledo 4/29/2020 9:28:55 AM (No. 395211)
LBJ, a Dem, was in office
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Reply 3 - Posted by: PChristopher 4/29/2020 9:33:36 AM (No. 395217)
Yeah, I remember it. I was in grade school when my father came down with it. He went into a separate bedroom and the rest of us let him be until he was over it. It wasn't pretty but he got through it without all of the hysterics we're putting up with now. I'll be glad when this mess is over....if it ever is
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Reply 4 - Posted by: czechlist 4/29/2020 9:36:42 AM (No. 395225)
'68-'69 I was in Texas, California and Maryland and only vaguely recall Hong Kong flu. It didn't impact my life at all. Don't recall anyone who had it.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: padiva 4/29/2020 9:56:46 AM (No. 395259)
And how many lives are impacted by abortion? This includes the death of the new person(abortee) and the psychological damage to the aborter.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: greyseal 4/29/2020 10:05:15 AM (No. 395278)
This is the new talking point for the media today - more lives lost in the last two months from COVID than in the Vietnam War. It's amazing how quickly they get their talking points out - it was a lead story on our local CBS affiliate here in NC at 6:00 this morning. Don't recall that being discussed during H1N1 which killed 18,000 while Obama was golfing or even the 2018 flu outbreak which killed ~80,000. And the media wonders why everyone hates them... greyseal
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 4/29/2020 10:14:49 AM (No. 395300)
I was serving in the Navy as a CT during those years on Guam where thousands of military personnel were flying in and out and B-52s were leaving Anderson AFB in the middle of the night loaded with bombs and bound for 'Nam. We were far too busy to worry about a silly virus. At the peak there were 400,000 military personnel on five seperate facilities versus 100,000 native population. The island did not topple over under that load but there was one minor quake.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Axeman 4/29/2020 10:17:53 AM (No. 395303)
It came close to killing me.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: starboard 4/29/2020 10:25:51 AM (No. 395312)
I remember it well. It was Christmastime and we were visiting my parents in the New York area from Indiana and I came down with it. At the time , I was six months pregnant and survived and had my baby on his due date in March 69.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rather Read 4/29/2020 10:32:03 AM (No. 395323)
Oh I remember it. I was a senior in high school and got the flu that year. I was so afraid I'd miss prom but I got over it in time. I was sick as could be.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Peach1 4/29/2020 10:45:04 AM (No. 395340)
I was a kid and remember my Mom got it. She survived and is now almost 83.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Texpub 4/29/2020 11:06:44 AM (No. 395361)
I think it was my first year of college and the university sent us home for Christmas vacation a few days early. I wasn't sick from the flu, but I was homesick, so I was very glad to go home.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 4/29/2020 11:14:22 AM (No. 395377)
I remember the name, and hearing it on the news, but personally, I remember nothing at all about it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: felixcat 4/29/2020 11:57:37 AM (No. 395445)
FTA: the economy in freefall as a highly contagious new virus is circulating that’s killing quite a lot of people. "Highly contagious" ???? Based on what?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: hershey 4/29/2020 12:53:58 PM (No. 395510)
Yep and did they shut everything down then??? No?? Then why now??? (because they are still trying to 'get' Trump) and fail the economy which has been going so great lately...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: EQKimball 4/29/2020 1:58:33 PM (No. 395565)
I wrote about this here approximately three weeks ago. I had it and was sick as a dog. I mentioned the same statistics. The headlines in 1968 were about the Tet Offensive that killed about 400 U.S. troops. We were a tougher society then.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 4/29/2020 4:19:34 PM (No. 395651)
I was 13 and remember that it was in the news and people talked about it. Most poignant memory was a 1-line skit on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in which a doctor was examining a patient seated on the table, both with taped-up slanted eyes. The doctor stated, "Ah, rook rike you have vely lare case of Burbank Fru." (Burbank being the brunt of many Laugh-In jokes.) Try getting away with THAT today!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 4/29/2020 4:27:42 PM (No. 395656)
I had it a couple days after Christmas in '68. Only time I ever had sleep walking nightmares from the high fever of over 104. Messed me up for over a week but I was fine after.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq 4/29/2020 4:41:00 PM (No. 395661)
I would have been 10 years old. If I had it, I don't remember.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: bighambone 4/29/2020 6:46:00 PM (No. 395744)
During all of 1968 and some of 1969 I was on the ground in Vietnam. We were sent there to find some elusive guy named “Charlie”. While I was there nobody, as far as I can remember, ever told us about the existence of the deadly Hong Kong flu. In fact some of the guys I was with went on vacation in Hong Kong, they called those vacations R&R. I guess the powers at be figured that we had a lot more closer dangers to worry about, so why bring up a strain of flu and raise up the stress level?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 4/29/2020 7:25:34 PM (No. 395778)
I was in HS...never even remember it being a topic of conversation. Teenagers.🙄
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Reply 22 - Posted by: jayhawk 4/30/2020 11:54:22 AM (No. 396450)
I remember having it at 18. I was really sick, thought I was going to die..... high fever, couldn’t breathe. Not sure why my boyfriend, now husband, or anyone else in my family never caught it, when it was that contagious. The whole world sure didn’t shut down because a couple of ‘chicken little’ doctors & authoritarians started squawking about it. This economy needs to ramp up & move on!
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