Historian and author John M. Barry - whose seminal work is The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (pub. 2004) - has rightfully become the most coveted speaker in the world when it comes to pandemic history, and planning.
He is a tremendous speaker, whom we've seen often, but most recently as a featured presenter last November in Smithsonian Livestream: “The Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?"With 2018 being the 100th anniversary of the 1918 pandemic (and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 H3N2 pandemic), I'm certain he has a very busy year of speaking engagements ahead.
But last week, Barry was at George Washington University, speaking in front of a room full of emergency managers in Washington D.C. on the challenges we will face with the next pandemic, and the lessons we can take from 1918.
The main video presentation runs about 19 minutes, but a second video of audience Q & A from last week's event can be found on another page (see below).
Even if you've read his book, seen him speak, or think you've already heard everything there is to hear about the 1918 pandemic, you owe it to yourself to take 30 minutes out of your day to watch these two videos.
And after that, pass the links on to your friends.