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Introduction SPECIAL SECTION: PAST AS PROLOGUE— THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC AND COVID-19 Michelle C. Hehman The University of Virginia More than a year after the World Health Organization declared the coronavi- rus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, world populations continue to grapple with its devastating effects. The disease has claimed millions of lives, had a devastating impact on economies, and dramatically altered the ways in which we navigate and experience the world around us. Even with the develop- ment and distribution of multiple safe and effective vaccines, the crisis contin- ues. With the spread of deadly mutations, vaccine shortages, and hesitancy on the part of some to take the vaccine, there is no clear end in sight. In response, and despite unimaginable odds, nurses around the world have demonstrated courage, dedication, leadership, and humanity at every stage of this pandemic. During the International Year of the Nurse, the often-invisible work of nursing gained the public’s awareness and appreciation. Documented in poi- gnant photographs, personal blogs, newspaper articles, social media posts, and television news programs, nurses’ contributions during this global disas- ter have been made highly visible. But these images and stories—of masked nurses with exhausted yet determined eyes recounting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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© 2022 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
DOI
10.1891/1062-8061.30.9
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Abstract

SPECIAL SECTION: PAST AS PROLOGUE— THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC AND COVID-19 Michelle C. Hehman The University of Virginia More than a year after the World Health Organization declared the coronavi- rus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, world populations continue to grapple with its devastating effects. The disease has claimed millions of lives, had a devastating impact on economies, and dramatically altered the ways in which we navigate and experience the world around us. Even with the develop- ment and distribution of multiple safe and effective vaccines, the crisis contin- ues. With the spread of deadly mutations, vaccine shortages, and hesitancy on the part of some to take the vaccine, there is no clear end in sight. In response, and despite unimaginable odds, nurses around the world have demonstrated courage, dedication, leadership, and humanity at every stage of this pandemic. During the International Year of the Nurse, the often-invisible work of nursing gained the public’s awareness and appreciation. Documented in poi- gnant photographs, personal blogs, newspaper articles, social media posts, and television news programs, nurses’ contributions during this global disas- ter have been made highly visible. But these images and stories—of masked nurses with exhausted yet determined eyes recounting

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 28, 2022

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