Since it was featured in the 07-13-2018 issue of the Scout Report, this podcast has used the history of the 1918 flu pandemic to explore and contextualize the current era of COVID-19, making it both extremely timely and relevant.
Going Viral began in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took the lives of an estimated 50 million individuals around the globe. The podcast is the creation of medical historian Mark Honigsbaum and Hannah Mawdsley, a historian whose doctoral work at Queen Mary University in London focused on the influenza pandemic. Episodes before 2019 discussed different aspects of the 1918 flu and its enduring impact. Beginning with the April 20, 2020 episode "The Covid Files 1: Corona by Numbers," the hosts shifted to addressing and contextualizing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, in a recent episode (June 7, 2021), the hosts visited the National Covid Memorial Wall in London to discuss how pandemics are remembered. What began as a history podcast now serves to document the history we are all living through.