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The polio outbreak of 1955: Lessons from an epidemic

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

In many ways, COVID-19 and polio present similar challenges. Like polio, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that can be deadly. But while COVID-19 enters the lungs through airborne particles, polio enters the body through the gastrointestinal tract, often via contaminated water. Despite their differences, both diseases resulted in outbreaks that tested health care workers — and brought out the best in Boston Children’s.

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