1. The New York Times asks Dr. Markel when New York City might reach its peak

    April 7, 2020

    The short answer: we don’t really know. “Modeling is just one piece of data among a mosaic of data spread out on the floor that has not yet been put into place,” Dr. Markel commented. Read the full story here:  


  2. Google uses “flatten the curve” as its homepage!

    April 7, 2020

    Here at the Center for the History of Medicine we are immensely proud of the work we have done on the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic and the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions – the social distancing measures of which we have all become accustomed – implemented then to help mitigate the worst impacts of the pandemic.  Working Read more


  3. Dr. Navarro talks to Newsy on the Dangers of Ending Social Distancing Too Soon

    April 6, 2020

    Recently, the news and documentary film company Newsy interviewed Dr. Navarro about the lessons of 1918 and what happened a century ago when cities ended their social distancing measures too soon.  Watch the video here: https://www.newsy.com/stories/denver-s-double-hump-warns-of-ending-quarantine-too-soon/


  4. Dr. Markel Gives Presentation on the History of Social Distancing to NAM & APHA

    April 6, 2020

    As part of a webinar series, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association hosted presentations on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Markel presented on “The Historical Perspective on Social Distancing.” Webinar: The Science of Social Distancing (NAM-APHA “COVID-19 Conversations” Series #1) Watch the webinar here.


  5. Dr. Navarro on the Comparisons of 1918 and COVID-19

    April 6, 2020

    Business Insider recently interviewed Dr. Navarro on the ways in which today’s COVID-19 pandemic compares to the deadly 1918 influenza pandemic.  Read the story below. “11 Ways the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic is Eerily Similar to the 1918 Influenza Outbreak”


  6. Dr. Navarro Speaks to the LA Times on the Issue of US Public Health Response

    April 6, 2020

    Until the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans were unaware of the federalist structure of public health in the United States.  Dr. Navarro spoke to the Los Angeles Times about this issue. “Coronavirus is America’s Common Enemy, But the States Aren’t Fighting as a Team”


  7. Dr. Markel Takes a Historical Look at Mask Use during the 1918 Pandemic

    April 6, 2020

    In 1918, during the midst of the deadly fall wave of the great influenza pandemic, many Americans looked to masks as a way to protect themselves from infection.  Dr. Markel takes a look back at how masks and mandatory masking orders in 1918, and how examines the issues with mask use today. NBC News: “Coronavirus Read more


  8. Dr. Markel’s Latest Media Appearances

    April 6, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Dr. Markel has been increasingly called on by media outlets to provide some historical perspective on epidemics and how societies react to them.  Below are  links to the latest news stories: Christian Science Monitor: “COVID-19 models vary widely.  What that means for leaders under pressure” NBC News: “Coronavirus Read more


  9. Dr. Markel and Dr. Navarro Speak to Bridge about Lessons of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

    March 23, 2020

    As cases of Covid-19 spread across the nation, some on social media began calling for a closure f the Mackinac Bridge in order to prevent the entry of the disease into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Bridge contacted Drs. Markel and Navarro to see what lessons could be learned from so-called “escape communities” during the 1918 influenza Read more


  10. Dr. Navarro on NPR’s Morning Edition

    March 23, 2020

    Eager to glean whatever lessons can be learned from the nation’s experience with the 1918 influenza pandemic, NPR reached out to Dr. Navarro to speak with him about what some rural communities did in 1918 to help mitigate the effects of the deadly pandemic.  Read and listen to the story on the NPR website: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/13/814917520/rural-towns-insulated-from-coronavirus-now-may-take-a-harder-hit-later