What can we learn from the 1918 flu pandemic? Laurie Garrett on TED.com

Posted by: Tedstaff

In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague, gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever. (Recorded at TED U 2007, February 2007, in Monterey, California. Duration: 21:05.)

Watch Laurie Garrett’s talk from TED U 2007 on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 400+ TEDTalks.

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Comments (4)

  • Srishti Kapoor commented on May 13 2009

    This is a video is from 2007.It isn’t meant to scare.This is just pointing out a similiar scenario that happened some years ago and to give an insight into how viruses spread.

  • ill mill commented on May 10 2009

    Thank you media for making me feel scared again. It’s been a while. If you want to live long all you have to do is eat healthy


  • Miller Jerman commented on May 3 2009

    Whatever it is we should learn from it, I think it’s important to not get everyone freaked out about this current Swine Flu. I mean, it’s just another flu variation that has mutated just like every year, only this time the source has come from pigs like it did in the past 30 or so years ago. I plan to just not worry about it and get back to my work.

  • Randy Smith commented on Apr 30 2009

    I just know that the 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu) was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world. It was caused by an unusually virulent and deadly Influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify the geographic origin of the virus. http://www.dvds-online-rental-review.com