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US vote and Covid-19: What can the past teach us?

The US is in uncharted territory when it comes to voting during a pandemic, an epidemiologist and historian of medicine has said.

In 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic, there had been a US mid-term election, Prof Howard Markel told BBC News.

But by polling, it had not been that big an issue.

The idea the coronavirus should be allowed to spread naturally through a population in the absence of a vaccine was wrong, he said.

“Why would you rely on a 13th Century methodology, when you live in the 21st Century?

"It makes no sense at all."

Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic has become a key issue in the election.

The president has repeatedly said the US is turning the corner.

But there have been record numbers of infections and rising hospital admissions.

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