We received responses from 209 subscribers. The survey revealed that the pandemic had affected the lives of a majority of the respondents. While the survey and the results are not scientific, they offer a glimpse of how folks have been affected by the worst pandemic in over 100 years.
Gretchen Whitmer’s order to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” is a Michigan shutdown of the nonessential business due to the coronavirus outbreak. This was done once before by Michigan governor Albert Sleeper in October 1918.
Over the past 100 years, the United States and Michigan have been hit with four influenza pandemics. Of all of these, the 1918 outbreak was the most serious in terms of mortality and the two-year duration of the epidemic.