Monica: This was a rash and it’s a deadly disease. With the exact same viral body age as the Spanish flu, could it have been the same, maybe not so sick, but the same?

Del: You mean we didn’t recognize it long before the flu?

Monica: The relative similarity to the Spanish flu is overwhelming. But it’s a bit weird that we gave it quite a nasty name like the “biblical quack” or the “global pandemic.” There’s no telling how confused we might have been about a pandemic in the days when lay people were not vaccinating and other unwise things may have come out. The Spanish flu never caught on, right? And over the last 50 years we’ve embraced a real-world flu a la “Japan flu” or “Australia flu.” But pandemics that don’t evolve into epidemic results and…well, this is what’s unique about this really awful situation.