#03 Comparing Pandemics: COVID-19 and 1918 Spanish Flu | WeAreSTS

WeAreSTS - A Podcast from UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), hosted by Professor Joe Cain.

What are the similarities between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic? What can we learn by a comparison? How does history help us understand what’s happening today? One of our experts in science communication, Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, interviews one of our historians of science and medicine, Dr Cristiano Turbil, to answer these questions, and more. Did you know the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic probably started in the US state of Kansas? Do you know why the 1918 pandemic is called the ‘Spanish Flu’?

This interview was recorded in 2020 during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Dr Cristiano Turbil
Teaching Fellow in History of Medicine


Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
Associate Professor of Science Communication


Professor Joe Cain
UCL Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology

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