Living History – The COVID-19 Pandemic

Hi everyone!

This isn’t my typical blog post on this site, but these aren’t typical times we are living in.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already disrupted life across the United States and around the world. I cannot recommend highly enough to seek information from trusted public health experts such as those that work at the local, state, and Federal levels. Listen to the experts – this is a dangerous time for us all.

Find more information about COVID-19 from the following trusted sources: 

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

You may have noticed we’ve been sharing many stories from the 1918 influenza pandemic. There is a reason for that – we can take away many historical lessons from that infamous pandemic. Thankfully, it appears that COVID-19 is not as deadly as the “Spanish flu,” but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a severe public health crisis.

We are living through a major historical event, on par with that of any in our lifetimes. As such, I’ve made the personal decision to begin a journal of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a way to personally document this frightening situation and to leave behind a record of these coming weeks. Keeping a journal or diary and documenting the pandemic as we begin social distancing and self-quarantining is a great way to remember these dramatic events. You’ll leave behind a record that you can look back in years to come and for future generations to remember the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

I’ll be riding out the pandemic in the nation’s capital that I’ve called home since 2018. But I’m thinking of you all back in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region. Heed the lessons of 1918 and listen to the experts. Social distancing works. Self-quarantining works. Respect the dangers that this virus presents to us all.

– Jake

Featured Image: Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

Read our posts on the 1918 influenza pandemic and its impact in Pennsylvania

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