Flash back to 1968-69 Hong Kong flu
Although I was a 5th grader at this time, we went about our daily life. Nothing was closed down and we went to school. There were recommended guidelines for healthcare workers, but there were no masks, goggles or social distancing for the general population. And now, according to the CDC, the 1968-69 virus (Hong Kong flu) is still with us as a seasonal flu. I am no epidemiologist, but I can reasonably deduce that covid-19 will likely be sticking around. I long for the day covid peters out.
1968 Pandemic (H3N2 virus) as described by the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1968-pandemic.html
The 1968 pandemic was caused by an influenza A (H3N2) virus comprised of two genes from an avian influenza A virus, including a new H3 hemagglutinin, but also contained the N2 neuraminidase from the 1957 H2N2 virus. It was first noted in the United States in September 1968. The estimated number of deaths was 1 million worldwide and about ...