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It's different in two important ways. There was nothing done to stop the spread of the HK flu, but the number of deaths between September 1968 and March 1969 was 33,800, which, adjusted for population, would be like having 55,500 deaths in a six month period today, or 46,000 deaths in a 5 month period. Our situation with COVID-19, is about 88,000 deaths in a 5 month period, despite the social isolation measures. Presumably, the number would be higher without those measures. So this bug is clearly either more contagious or more deadly or both or we got a much larger initial inoculation of the more-deadly-than-Wuhan L-type mutation that developed in Europe and came mainly into New York due to modern travel technology. I don't know how they'll sort that out, but for now, it is killing a larger percent of the population faster than the HK flu, whatever the reason.

An interesting second difference is they created a vaccine for the HK flu virus in just 4 months after it first appeared, and had inoculated 80 million people (40% of the population back then) by the end of the epidemic in late 1969. That tells me the main reason they are talking 12 to 18 months for a vaccine for this new bug (at the earliest) has as much or more to do with government-imposed CYA procedures implemented for "public safety" in vaccine development as it does with what the developers of vaccines can actually achieve. There appear to be working vaccines (in monkey tests) now, so it's going to be interesting to see how long it takes to prove them out on people. Procedures, procedures.

Maybe we can volunteer as vaccine test subjects in time for fall. Hunting restrictions, if handled with any sanity, will be about how you travel to get to your hunt rather than what will happen while you are actually conducting it.
 

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Right now with summer heat and extreme dryness, in Arizona the national forests have closed them to open fires and several other restrictions, including recreational shooting. However, they carefully excluded "hunting" in those restrictions. The state G&F are still issuing fall hunting permits and taking applications. Doesn't appear there will be any restrictions being placed on the hunting here.
 
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