Setting our sights by the northern lights

Struggles and solutions from the Arctic’s pandemic experience

Photo: Tanana Chiefs Conference

A deadly respiratory virus gripped the entire world. Tens of millions of people died, and no corner of the globe was left untouched after two years of the pandemic.

It was the influenza pandemic of 1918–19, and it has remained seared in the memories of survivors and their descendants for the past century. Perhaps nowhere is it better remembered than in the Arctic, where entire villages were wiped out and children were left orphaned. In Nome, Alaska, a monument to those lost to the flu was established in 2018—one hundred years after the start of the influenza pandemic, and one year before SARS-CoV-2 began spreading. Read more at the Wilson Quarterly.

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