A traffic officer wears a gauze mask for protection during
National Archives via the NY Times
Use this when my brother comes over without a mask!
A streetcar conductor in Seattle not allowing passengers aboard without a mask during the Spanish Flu pandemic, 1918.
Don’t be a shit!
Wear a goddamn mask in public!
Man wearing mask in 1918 during the Spanish Flu.
1918 A typist at work during the Spanish Flu pandemic. From My Vintage Dreams, FB.
Some interesting facts:
- The man in charge of public health at the time openly encouraged people to attend the victory parades. Other public health officials pleaded for people not to attend
- The first wave killed 3-5 million. The second killed 20-50 million.
- One aspect to the increased deaths during the second wave was people becoming infected at the same time. This led to a surge on hospitals hitting at the same time. Not only did those with the virus die before they could be treated, but non-infected emergencies were unable to be treated. This led to exponential death rates.
- When the second wave hit, places like San Francisco refused to wear masks in public. They also stopped social distancing. San Francisco ended up with one of the highest fatality rates in the US.
Moral of the story: even if your state “opens up”, stay home if you are able. If not, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
Remember to stay aware of your local safety measures, which can be found on the official government sites for your states, provinces, or territories.
Jsyk, they say the second wave in the US is going to hit between September and November, most likely. Stay safe and keep washing your friggin’ hands!
Check out the dates at cemetery, 1918-1919 were hot times!
We are in for the worse yet.
Reenacting in the time of pandemic.
It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.
1918 Influenza Pandemic