Woman’s Observation About Why The Roaring Twenties Were So Extra Is Totally On Point

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The 1920s and the 2020s had one glaring thing in common.

A global pandemic.

The so-called “Spanish Flu” that raged across the world from 1918 through 1920 claimed the lives of 50 million people.  One third of the world’s population was infected, and 3.3% of the world’s population died over the course of two years.

Social distancing is not unique to 2020. Social distancing measures were intermittently enforced and lifted over the course of the 1918 pandemic in the USA.

The decade following became known as the “Roaring 20s,” for the period of economic prosperity and party culture that arose during.

And one astute Twitter user has a theory.

Most of us are familiar with the feeling of being stuck in our houses with no place to go for weeks or even months at a time.

This is a world we never could have fathomed before the pandemic. However, it is our daily reality now.

Though this has been a tumultuous year, it’s important to note the 1918 pandemic also coincided with what was then the deadliest conflict in human history—World War I.

The virus often raged through the trenches of the war, killing young soldiers already embroiled in a different horror.

Somewhere around 675,000 Americans died as a result of H1N1, the virus that caused the 1918 flu.

The death toll of the current pandemic in the USA is creeping up to around half of that number, approximately one year in despite major advancements in treatment.

With two vaccines already rolling out in the United States, there is at long last a light at the end of this extremely dark tunnel.

2021 will present its own set of challenges, but perhaps another decade of roaring 20s are on the horizon.

Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.