Woodstock Took Place During a Worldwide Pandemic

…and the Dirtneck Hippies That Are Now Liberals Didn’t GAS


Social media users have been sharing an image online that claims the popular music festival Woodstock, which took place in August 1969, happened in the middle of a pandemic. This claim is correct.

Examples can be seen here and here . Many of the claims seem to reference an article called “Woodstock occurred in the middle of a pandemic” by the American Institute for Economic Research ( here ).

The comments on these posts have gathered mixed reactions from users. The posts have been flagged multiple times as part of Facebook’s efforts to curb misinformation related to the new coronavirus.

One of the most commonly seen claims says: “The Hong Kong Flu (H3N2) of 1968, killed 1 million worldwide, and 100,000 in the US, most excess deaths being in people 65+ (via the CDC). Nothing changed economically, nothing closed, no social distancing, no masks. No one was considered selfish then.”

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was an iconic music festival that took place in August 1969 at a dairy farm in upstate New York. The organizers expected 30,000 people but hundreds of thousands showed up. There were reports of traffic jams 20 miles (32 km) long, which resulted in concert-goers abandoning their cars and walking to the venue. The festival did not have enough food, water and sleeping areas for the unexpected crowd. ( here )

It is true that Woodstock occurred during the Hong Kong flu pandemic, which was a global outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains on its website:

“It was first noted in the United States in September 1968. The estimated number of deaths was 1 million worldwide and about 100,000 in the United States. Most excess deaths were in people 65 years and older. The H3N2 virus continues to circulate worldwide as a seasonal influenza A virus.” ( here )

The pandemic lasted until 1970 ( here and here ).

The death toll was comparable with the 1957 Asian flu pandemic that killed 1.1 million worldwide ( here ). As of May 6, 2020at least 262,238 people globally had died during the current COVID-19 outbreak ( here ).The worst pandemic in modern history, the Spanish Influenza of 1918, is estimated to have killed at least 50 million ( here ).

A New York Times article from August 17, 1969 reported that the Woodstock festival’s producer, Michael Lang, said a dozen doctors came to the festival not because of “widespread illnesses” but because of “the potential threat of a virus cold or pneumonia epidemic among such a large gathering.” ( here )

A Wall Street Journal article comparing the new coronavirus outbreak to the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 reads:“In 1968-70, news outlets devoted cursory attention to the virus while training their lenses on other events such as the moon landing and the Vietnam War, and the cultural upheaval of the civil-rights movements, student protests and the sexual revolution.”Susan Craddock, a professor at the University of Minnesota, told the WSJ that mortality rates for the 1968 pandemic were significantly lower than those of COVID-19, and that without 24-hour news coverage, online resources and social media to heighten public anxiety, politicians were under less pressure to act than they are today.

ht/ jerry manderin

11 Comments on Woodstock Took Place During a Worldwide Pandemic

  1. COVID-19 successfully targeted and infected the brains of politicians consumed with power. God save us from those who purport to save us!
    (especially those rat-fcukers in the MSM!)

  2. ‘mortality rates for the 1968 pandemic were significantly lower than those of COVID-19’ – even though they had more deaths.
    Perhaps there have been more infections than have been counted, hmmm?

  3. Well, ah, the Boomers back at Woodstock hadn’t yet tasted the drug of power. They were still in the minor leagues with pot and acid. Once they escalated to the drug of power and wealth, they completely “forgot” what they didn’t didn’t like about the “establishment”. They had graduated to a much more powerful drug. That drug has so totally consumed them much more than pot or acid ever could.

  4. One of my funny friends on Facebook said, “Everyone knows Influenza can’t survive Purple Haze.”


  5. I was at Woodstock. I also know mud. As an artilleryman I lived in a world of mud. I’m an expert on mud. Brown mud,red mud,black mud ,yellow mud,greenish red mud enhanced with water buff turds. Thick mud,soupy mud,hard mud,soft mud.Hot mud,cold mud.Mud.And then there were the mud people at Woodstock who intentionally sought out mud.Still shaking my head at that one.

  6. This whole thing is a scam. Sedition and treason, to be more accurate.

    Fauci is a ChiComm vassal.

  7. Comparisons are meaningless. In 1969 we didn’t have “bad orange man” in the White House. That’s all that matters.

  8. The population of the US in the 1957 pandemic was a little over half what it is today. 116,000 died here in the US and we considered it a medical problem. If the population was as large as today there could easily have been 200,000 dead. Likewise in 1969.


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