The Undeniable Power of Nature Even in the Midst of a Global Crisis: Lessons from the Past

As the entire world is in the midst of a lockdown in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we find ourselves looking back at history to re-learn some simple lessons—lessons that withstand the test of time. The last time humanity underwent such a collective crisis was during the influenza pandemic of 1918, better known as the Spanish Flu. It was during this crisis that medics discovered that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. The outdoor air is a natural disinfectant, while sunlight is germicidal and actually kills the flu virus. This “open-air therapy,” also once used for tuberculous, can be effective in dealing with the current coronavirus pandemic. As our society looks for ways to deal with the shortages of medical supplies and hospital beds, let us tailor innovative approaches keeping in mind methods that have been successful in the past.

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Blog post authored by Navpreet Natt

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