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Webinar 8:The ‘Spanish’ flu of 1918-19 and the light it casts on COVID-19


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You are invited to join the second of a series of three webinars that focus on the 1918/1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic and The COVID-19 Pandemic.

'The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19: A historian and a virologist in conversation
Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips in conversation with Professor Ed Rybicki

This webinar will focus on the virological side of this disastrous pandemic, probing the origin and nature of the causative virus, how and why it mutated and why it was so deadly, eventually killing some 3-4% of the world’s population in just over a year. Whether this specific viral history can shed any light on the current coronavirus pandemic will also be considered.

 Date:          Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Time:         15h30 - 16h30 (CAT/ SAST)
Platform:   Microsoft Teams

To join the conversations:

  • Participation in this webinar series is open to all UCT alumni, UCT Summer School attendees and interested members of the public.
  • You do to need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your device. We do recommend the you connect using your laptop or PC (not mobile phone) for a better user experience.
  • On confirmation of your attendance, a meeting link will be sent to you.
  • Use the live chat feature to ask your questions, during the session.
  • The Summer School programme needs to sustain itself through the generation of income. If you have found his webinar interesting and wish to donate towards the future sustainability of Summer School please make a donation by clicking on this link


Upcoming online conversations in this series:

  1. Wednesday, 29 July: 'The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 in South Africa: Public Health Perspectives'


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