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Meissner's work on 1918 Spanish Flu and Covid-19 deaths in Vox Video Discussion

Professor Christopher Meissner's paper joint with UC Davis Economics PhD Candidate Peter Zhixian Lin, A Note on Long-Run Persistence of Public Health Outcomes in Pandemics, was featured in a Vox Video Discussion.

Lin and Meissner find that places with higher local mortality rates during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic are more likely to have higher rates of mortality during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authors conclude that "Distrust of expert advice, lack of cooperation at many levels, over-confidence, and health care supply shortages have likely promoted higher mortality today as in the past."