They say when there’s a disaster you should look for the helpers. Those stories aren’t coming out in the reporting of COVID-19 yet but it’s only a matter of time before they do. No doubt those stories will be featured on hundreds of podcasts in the near future.
The Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 swept the world at a time when many places were reeling from the horrors of World War I. The symptoms and spread of the Spanish Flu virus have a lot of parallels with what is happening right now with COVID-19, as do some of the hysterical reaction and reporting.
In 1918 Sister Annie Egan’s first assignment as a military nurse was at the quarantine station at North Head in Sydney.
The story of her service to the sick alongside her colleagues as they battled to keep the flu that claimed her life out of the rest of Australia has a lot of parallels with what we are seeing happen around the world right now. It’s also the topic of the first episode of this weeks #TuneOutTuesday podcast Forgotten Australia.
Vale Annie Egan, helper. Gone but not forgotten.