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The 2020 coronavirus outbreak isn’t the first time a pandemic has hit Colorado. The flu of 1918, also known as the Spanish Flu, hit the state particularly hard. It’s estimated that the 1918 flu killed an estimated 8,000 Coloradans. The poorly named Spanish Flu is thought to have started in Kansas near the Colorado border, which put the Centennial State near ground zero.

Although it’s important to note that the coronavirus is not a strain of influenza, similar strategies were used to help flight the flu pandemic. Colorado shut down schools and banned events with large numbers of people. We talked with two historians to see how the two pandemics compare.

Video by Amy Brothers

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