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An Example of How Social Distancing Can Work

It was 102 years ago, but it worked then and can work now.

The 1918 Spanish flu is the best example of what we are about to face today with the coronavirus. See this article, This chart of the 1918 Spanish flu shows why social distancing works

The "tale of two cities" shows how an immediate and comprehensive implementation of social distancing can work, when compared to another city that waited too long to implement. 

Lesson to be learned — implement social distancing now! Here in the Central Puget Sound, the governor of Washington has asked that the three most populous counties avoid hosting gatherings of 250 or more people.

And, I just learned that schools are being asked to cancel school until April 24, in the same counties above.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.