The bassist and co-lead singer of KISS, Gene Simmons posted the photo of newspaper headlines written during the 1918 flu pandemic on Twitter and urged his fans to take a look at them to understand better the risks of Covid-19 pandemic.
The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, infected 500 million people between the years 1918 and 1920. At least 50 million people died worldwide due to the Spanish flu, which was considered as one of the deadliest pandemics in history.
KISS icon Gene Simmons has been warning his fans and followers on social media against the coronavirus pandemic often by sharing articles about the danger of the disease. He also urges his fans to follow the necessary measures suggested by the officials.
Recently on Twitter, Gene Simmons posted a photo of the newspaper headlines written during the 1918 flu pandemic. As you can see in the photo below, the 1918 newspaper headlines have some similarities with the headlines we encounter today about the global spread of coronavirus.
Here’s what Gene Simmons stated in his recent tweet:
“1918 Flu Epidemic. Read the newspaper headlines!!”
In the comment section of Gene’s tweet, many of his fans emphasized the fact that not much had changed since 1918 considering people’s actions during the time of a pandemic.
A fan named Dave Nevel gave some stats about the pandemic in 1918 and said:
“The fatality rate in 1918 was 2.5%. Based on today’s population, that would be an estimated 9,000,000 dead. This virus is 1/2 to 1/5 as deadly, and estimated deaths should be 1.8-4.5 million. We are still well below 200,000. Things are not that bad.”
Another fan named Jim Noble also wrote:
“It was the same crap, we learned nothing 102 years later!“
A Twitter user named Michael Callahan shared a famous quote from George Santayana:
“’Those that do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’”
You can see the tweet Gene Simmons posted on Twitter below.
1918 Flu Epidemic. Read the newspaper headlines!!! pic.twitter.com/Ry8tMFP9co
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) August 14, 2020