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Coughs & Sneezes Spread Diseases

March 19th, 2020. Postponed, then cancelled due to COVID-19.

Nancy Sorrells planned to discuss the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which affected life both globally and on the homefronts of Augusta and Rockingham Counties.

Little did we know how relevant her talk would be.

When WWI ended on November 11, 1918, 16 million people around the world had perished as a result of the conflict, including 117,000 Americans.
But that staggering number pales in comparison to the second, deadlier event that occurred simultaneously—the influenza pandemic that peaked in the fall of 1918.

Since the past pandemic program was postponed due to the present pandemic, we are pleased to provide you with two socially distanced opportunities to discover Nancy Sorrells’ history of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic:

Listen!  Jim Britt interviewed Sorrells on the WSVA morning show as a teaser for her program for HRHS. Their conversation is available on a podcast (about 21 minutes).

Read! Sorrells contributed an article on the 1918 Pandemic to The News Virginian.