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The 1918 flu hammered this Arizona mining town. Now, as coronavirus cases grow by the day, the community is looking back, searching for warning signs and lessons of hope.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-13/bisbee-coronavirus-economy 

“The community here knows a pandemic and has really experienced one,” said Mike Anderson, a newspaperman turned historian. “It hasn’t been that long ago.”  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-13/bisbee-coronavirus-economy 

Before the pandemic, people from across the country flocked to Bisbee to drink at the local brewery, stroll Main Street or descend into the old Copper Queen Mine.

Now, you’ll only find a few people drinking coffee and having mask-muffled conversations.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-13/bisbee-coronavirus-economy 

What happens in the next few months will determine whether many locals stay or go.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-13/bisbee-coronavirus-economy 

Although it’s tough to watch tourism dry up, possibly imperiling the town, Anderson said he hoped people took the pandemic seriously.

“I don’t want this to return to 1918.”  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-13/bisbee-coronavirus-economy 


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