How to Not Panic

Nick Maggiulli |

By Nick Maggiulli

Does the following quote seem accurate to you?

Throughout the pandemic, the nation lacked a uniform policy about gathering places, and there was no central authority with the power to make and enforce rules that everyone had to obey. Each community acted on its own, doing as its elected officials thought best.

What about this one?

For young survivors of the pandemic, life would never be the same. Like shell shocked soldiers, they bore emotional scars.

I’m assuming that you, like me, found both of them to be somewhat true. But what I didn’t tell you was that these quotes aren’t about COVID-19. No, both of them actually come from Albert Marrin’s Very, Very, Very Dreadful, an account of the Spanish flu of 1918. Though Marrin is summarizing an event that occurred over 100 years ago, his words describe a world eerily similar to our own.



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Nick Maggiulli is not affiliated with US Wealth Management, LLC and LPL Financial.