History alumnus featured in The Daily

Tarun Jella was featured in The Daily today, offering historical perspective on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Jella, who is currently a student in the CWRU Medical School, graduated from the Department of History in 2017 after completing thesis research on the 1918 outbreak of Spanish flu in Cleveland. Jella stressed the importance of consistent and accurate messaging from the media, citing how inaccurate information in favor of morale boosting or economic growth led to higher mortality rates and extended crisis in many U.S. cities in 1918. Jella also speaks to how his background in History has informed his studies in Medicine: “My history background will be an essential element of my career in health,” he said. “Understanding why our systems look the way they do is the first step toward positive change.”

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