Photos Of 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic That Killed Over 50 Million Globally
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Over one hundred years ago, a world recovering from a global war that had killed some 20 million people suddenly had to contend with something even more deadly: a flu outbreak.
The pandemic, which became known as Spanish flu, is thought to have begun in cramped and crowded army training camps on the Western Front.
Between 1918 and 1919, the outbreak spread rapidly across the world, and killed 50 million and 100million people within 15 months.
The speed of the pandemic was shocking; the numbers of dead bodies overwhelmed hospitals and cemeteries.
Quarantine centers, emergency hospitals, public use of gauze masks, and awareness campaigns were all undertaken swiftly to halt the spread.
But as World War I was coming to a close, millions of soldiers were still traveling across the globe, aiding the spread of the disease.
While its exact origins are still debated, it’s understood that the “Spanish Flu” did not come from Spain.
The first strain of the flu was originally called “the three-day fever” and was typically described as a heavy cold. Although the flu spread around the world in just a few weeks, it seemed to have died down by the end of the summer.
But a new strain of the flu virus emerged in the fall, and this time it was significantly more dangerous. The virus took the world by storm, killing victims in just a couple of days.
By the first week of September, an average of 100 people died per day at an army camp in Massachusetts. “We have lost an outrageous number of Nurses and Drs., and the little town of Ayer is a sight,” wrote one of the camp’s doctors.
Policemen stand in a street in Seattle, Washington, wearing protective masks made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic in 1918.
The symptoms of the Spanish flu were particularly frightening.
Beginning with the ears, the victim’s face would begin to turn blue as oxygen was deprived. A bloody liquid would begin to fill the victim’s lungs until the victim would suffocate and die.
Combating influenza in Seattle in 1918, workers wearing masks on their faces in a Red Cross room.
At the time there was no vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus, and no antibiotics to treat secondary infections, so authorities resorted to non-medicinal interventions including quarantines, isolation, and increased sanitation.
Left: A conductor checks to see if potential passengers are wearing required masks in Seattle, in 1918.
Court is held in the open air in San Francisco in 1918.
Soldiers barbing outside, social distancing.
Physics class, University of Montana, Missoula, 1919.
Soldiers gargle with salt water to prevent influenza on September 24, 1918, at Camp Dix, New Jersey.
Right: A mask is worn by a street sweeper in New York in 1918.
Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918.
Corpsmen in caps and gowns ready to attend patients in the influenza ward of the U.S. Naval Hospital on Mare Island, California, on December 10, 1918.
Japanese school girls wear protective masks to guard against the influenza outbreak.
Red Cross Motor Corps members on duty during the influenza epidemic in the United States, in St. Louis, Missouri, in October of 1918.
An emergency hospital set up in Brookline, Massachusetts, to care for influenza cases, photographed in October of 1918.
A nurse takes the pulse of a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C., in November of 1918.
Members of the American Red Cross remove Spanish influenza victims from a house at Etzel and Page avenues in 1918.
Red Cross volunteers.
Children on queue for once a day meal.
Inside a hospital in 1918.April 3, 2020 at 12:26 am #1364721sheegokeysMember
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