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Coronavirus' Impact on Indigenous People and Asian Americans

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The deadliest spread of disease in the 20th century. While the global spread of a disease is typically referred to as a "pandemic," or spreading across multiple continents, this article focuses solely on the impact of the so-called "Spanish flu" on Native Americans in the United States. Since the focus is on one country, the term "epidemic" is used rather than "pandemic." The authors of this article, Henry Gass and Sara Miller Llana, highlight the fact that Native Americans died at a rate four times greater than other Americans during the spread of the Spanish flu.
A disease caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi, that harm the body and can be spread from one person to another. These contagious diseases are different from non-communicable diseases like skin cancer, which cannot be spread from person to person and from genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia, which can be passed from parent through child through their genes.
A method of historical research in which the person being interviewed provides a first-person account of an event which the interviewer records to preserve the interviewee's memories. In the context of the article, information gleaned from an oral history project is used to explain how Native Americans reacted to the 1918 flu epidemic.
Term for a person who identifies as being a member of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. The term "indigenous" refers to people who lived in an area prior to colonial settlement, who have a strong link to the territories and natural resources in the area they inhabit, and who have a distinct culture. In Canada, the people who identify with this group are often referred to as belonging to the First Nations. People in this group also identify in sub-groups referred to as tribes, which have different cultures and living conditions.