Melissa Gilbert Compares COVID-19 Pandemic to 1975 Episode of ‘Little House on the Prairie’
Melissa Gilbert, who acted on the series "Little House on the Prairie," compares the COVID-19 pandemic to episodes on the show that tackled almost similar issues.
Currently, the world is going through unprecedented times with the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although pandemics had plagued the world in the 17th and 18th centuries, for most, this is a first.
Interestingly, with the human imagination capable of creating scenarios, "Little House on the Praire" had some episodes that are similar to what is going on at the moment.
Drawing similarities from the disease period in the fictional Walnut Grove, Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on the show, admits that there are certain similarities. She expressed that:
"...The town mitigated the situation by getting everyone to quarantine at home, putting the sick in one place, and trying to find the source."
The episode "Plague," which was shot during the first season of the series and aired on 29th January 1975, followed the town's struggle with a new disease called "Typhus."
Symptoms of the fictional disease included fever, which is similar to a sign of COVID-19. Another similarity during the time on the show and now was the widespread fear and confusion that affected those in the town.
The town had to go on lockdown after Mr. Edwards returned from a nearby town as a carrier of mountain fever.
Also, to battle the disease, members of the town had to stay away from each other to avoid spreading the disease. They also created a makeshift hospital where those who had been infected could be treated.
"I realized how prescient it was. We can all learn something from what happens in that episode."
In the episode "Quarantine," which was in season 3, the town once again had to go on lockdown after Mr. Edwards returned from a nearby town as a carrier of mountain fever.
In the episode, members of the town had to maintain social distance to avoid contracting the virus, and a scene showed Mr. Olsen talking to Charles Ingalls from his window to maintain social distance.
Interestingly, just like people in the world right now are making donations and adhering to social distancing rule, people of Walnut Grove did precisely the same thing.
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