Season 1, Episode 7

Hot Tub Data Time Machine

Take a brief trip through history as we look back 1, 10, 50, and 100 years at how diseases, vaccines, politics, and technology have evolved and impacted our lives.


Jason Anderson

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About This Episode

After hearing for the nth time that COVID “is just like the flu,” I found myself wondering how much truth might actually be hiding in that statement. As Mark Twain once said, the past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes; and there are quite a few similar tones between our present-day COVID experience and the flu pandemics of the past century.

In this episode, we take a short trip back in time: 1, 10, 50, and 100 years into the past, to take a look at how influenza and vaccines and politics and death and other random slices of history have played out. We return to a time when malaria ran rampant in the US, people were dying of polio, and the World Health Organization didn’t exist.

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