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South Shore Regional School Board
The History of Canadian Epidemics
My project includes some examples of the most serious and deadly epidemics we've ever experienced in Canadian history. It is also something we have all experienced and can relate to.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The influenza outbreak was one of the reasons that the creation of the healthcare system took place. The epidemics were never cured, just contained. People centuries and decades ago, still handle viruses the same way.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
Along the way, I learned how important a strong health care system is to be able to handle a large number of sick people at the same time. Also, the importance of vaccinations to eradicate these viruses and prevent them from spreading.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Today we have more resources and technology available to us to help deal with issues that come up. We also have better ways to communicate on a global level and share information. We still face a lot of the same issues that they did 100 or more years ago, we just have more advanced ways of dealing with them.