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100 years later, Alberta remembers the devastation of the Spanish Flu

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EDMONTON—When Albertans picked up the newspaper 100 years ago, a simple message was repeated in the fine print across the pages: Don’t be afraid.

It wasn’t a reference to the Great War: The armistice between the World War I allies and Germany was weeks away from being signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. But another threat was closer to home and just as insidious: In the end, 50,000 Canadians lost their lives in the pandemic.

Photos taken during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic in Alberta showed the majority of people wearing white masks for their safety, and nurses and volunteers eager to help.
Photos taken during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic in Alberta showed the majority of people wearing white masks for their safety, and nurses and volunteers eager to help.  (The Glenbow Archives (NA-3452-2))

The news about influenza was so grim that newspapers downplayed its severity out of concern for public morale, explained Suzanna Wagner, a University of Alberta master’s student researching one of the deadliest influenza outbreaks in the world.

Initially the papers didn’t report on it at all. It later became known as the Spanish Flu because Spain was the first country to name the threat.

“It was the young, healthy people that were getting sick and dying, primarily,” said Wagner. As Canadians were just coming to terms with the losses of war, “now the flu is coming in and killing more.”

While the Spanish Flu has long since passed, strains just like it are alive and well today. Public-health officials warn that it’s important to remember the harsh lessons of the past so we can be prepared for the next big outbreak.

The pandemic hit Canada between 1918 and 1920, with the deadliest wave occurring in late 1918, according to historians. The flu killed around 55,000 people in Canada, most of whom were young adults between the ages of 20 and 40, according to government archives.

Around 4,700 of those died in Alberta between late October 1918 to 1919 — exact dates are hard to pin down, Wagner said, due to poor record keeping — when the flu outbreak was at its deadliest.

Newspapers reported provincial bans on large gatherings, which prompted the closure of schools, churches and cinemas for months at a time, Wagner said. They also emphasized following basic precautions, like carrying personal handkerchiefs, and discouraged giving into panic — “almost giving the impression that if you give in to fear, you might get sick,” Wagner said.

A provincial edict made it mandatory in Alberta to wear face masks outside the home, starting on Oct. 26, 1918. Before the enforcement of masks was lifted on Nov. 23, hospitals were struggling to keep up with the rising number of cases. Around 31,000 cases of influenza were reported in the province in 1918.

In Edmonton, there weren’t enough hospital beds, which cost $2.50 a night in the pre-universal health care days. The shortage prompted the city to turn to the University of Alberta for help, which resulted in Pembina Hall being turned into a 123-bed emergency ward from Oct. 26 to Nov. 27, 1918. By the time it was shut down, 72 people died there.

Similar efforts were made in Calgary at Colonel Walker School, Wagner said, but of the two big cities in Alberta, Edmonton was hit worse: 445 people died in Edmonton in 1918 versus 340 in Calgary.

“Calgary actually got off pretty lightly in terms of fatalities,” Wagner said.

Newspaper records show many children were orphaned. Wagner recalled one heartbreaking story in which two young children ran into a nurse on the street outside their home in Edmonton and reported that their mother would not talk to them. They were not old enough to comprehend that she was dead.

An immense pandemic like the Spanish Flu imparted many lessons, said Wagner. In Edmonton, newspapers called upon people to volunteer to take care of the ill, as there weren’t enough nurses to keep up with the demand, reflecting a spirit of generosity and even sacrifice that shone through during a grim time.

The pandemic also played a big role in planting the seeds for the creation of a federal department of health in 1919, according to Mark Humphries, a researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University. Later named Health Canada in 1993, the department was the first dedicated body within the government responsible for “all matters and questions relating to the promotion of the health and social welfare of the people of Canada,” according to the House of Commons debates at the time.

Spanish Flu is not much different from the flu nowadays in terms of symptoms, such as fever, aches and coughs. The difference, however, was the lack of understanding of the illness at the time. Doctors falsely believed it was derived from bacteria, not a virus, Wagner said, which led to ineffective treatments.

The influenza virus continues to circulate around the world, but a lot more information has been obtained within the past century on what the virus is, how it changes over time and, most importantly, how to protect vulnerable people from it, according to Dr. Chris Sikora, a public health officer with Alberta Health Services (AHS).

“We have immunization as a tool to help protect the population,” he said.

AHS data shows only around a quarter of Alberta’s population has received the flu shot consistently over the last three years. Sikora said it’s important to remain vigilant and get immunized as the emergence of a new, dangerous virus is always possible.

“The reality is that flu is a disease that is still out there, and it causes pandemics,” Humphries echoed. “This could in some ways happen again.”



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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