John Avlon is a senior political analyst at CNN. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)These are strange and difficult days. We are living through a pandemic — and everything normal about our daily lives has been put on hold. A hug or a handshake could spread a deadly disease that is already galloping out of control.It will get worse before it gets better. More people will get sick and some will die. But we will get through this.Do you know how we can say that with certainty? Because we’ve been through far worse before.Just over 100 years ago, the world suffered through the Spanish influenza epidemic. Despite its name, most researchers believe it actually began at a Kansas army base in the spring of 1918. It killed between some 50 million worldwide — including members of my family — and over 675,000 people died here in the United States at a time when our population was one-third its current size.To put it in perspective, that’s more Americans than were killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam … combined.It had a 2% mortality rate, according


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