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Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the "Spanish flu" also forced campus and business closures. Archive photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives - Twin Cities. 

Smith Hall stands empty during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and in 1918, the year the influenza outbreak commonly known as the "Spanish flu" also forced campus and business closures. Archive photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives - Twin Cities. 

3/29/2020, 7:37pm

Closures, delays and contagion: How UMN’s 1918 influenza pandemic response mirrors COVID-19 efforts today

A century later, the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to look eerily similar to the 1918 influenza outbreak.

A century later, the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to look eerily similar to the 1918 influenza outbreak.