The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

It would be interesting to know more about the mental health consequences of the 1918 pandemic, but there is little data. Historically, it was the end of World War I; the mental health impact of the war, too, was poorly studied. Alfred Crosby’s 1976 book Epidemic and Peace addressed the kind of “cultural amnesia” that followed in the wake of the pandemic. Crosby’s book was later republished in 1989 with the title America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918.

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