Category Archives: today in history

How to Make A Face Mask, 1918 Style

This April the CDC issued at statement that encouraged all Americans, regardless of their Covid-19 status, to wear a cloth face mask when out in public. One hundred and two years ago, Americans were doing the same thing—they were sporting … Continue reading

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“Lifting the Lid” Too Fast: Reopening During the 1918 Pandemic After Shutdowns Led to More Death

~*~ Chicago’s first brush with the Spanish flu came via the Great Lakes Naval Station. Home to the United States’ Navy only boot camp, the Great Lakes Naval Station churned out roughly 125,000 American sailors during the Great War—and it … Continue reading

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Headlines From 1918 Flu Could Be Ours Today

~*~ Stay indoors. Isolate sick family members. Wear a mask, especially if you’re caring for a sick person. Wash your hands often, and don’t touch your mouth, nose, or face. Sound familiar? Covid-19 may be ravaging the world today, but … Continue reading

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