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Old 9th October 2022, 23:38
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Units Grounded by the Colds or Flu?

Were there instances where entire units were grounded and placed on sick leave by an infectious cold or the flu? And in Russia, dysentery from bad water was a constant companion for entire units, no?

Walter Oesau was needlessly lost while flying with the flu, but I`m wondering if operational availability of entire units was impacted when everyone was sick.

Why am I asking this? Well, I`ve had the flu (or a vicious cold) for two straight weeks. It`s not COVID, I`ve had 5 negative tests.

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Re: Units Grounded by the Colds or Flu?

I seem to remember malaria being a problem in the Mediterranean as well.
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Re: Units Grounded by the Colds or Flu?

Whole units highly unlikely but take it from me flying with a cold can be debilitating as I found to my cost flying back from Masirah to UK. Excruciatingly painful on descent and a week after that to clear my ears
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Re: Units Grounded by the Colds or Flu?

during the Spanish influenza outbreak in 1918 this did happen but, I don't think it happened in WW II. As for disease this was a problem in both World Wars for all sides in Russia, Africa, Asia ect.
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