Spanish Flu Part 2: Closer to Home
Then, just as now, reports of the epidemic from other parts of the country, particularly New York City, show us what maybe to come. In an effort to lessen the effects, some institutions and officials begin to take actions to prevent the spread of the disease before broader range policies are put into place.
|October 11th, 1918 Edition of the Fulton County Tribune|
|This story appeared along side the one from above.|
The flu also appears in Ohio and begins to effect daily life. Schools and cities begin to take actions very similar to the ones authorities began to take earlier this month.
|With schools closing college students begin to return home.|
As the flu increases so does the strain on the medical professions whose services are already in demand due to World War I. The Red Cross puts out a call for nurses and begins to enlist students and other hospital workers in the call to fulfill both needs. Locally the Red Cross begins to create a register of nurses on whom they can call as the epidemic in Ohio gets worse.
|This notice appeared on the front page.|
|Appearing on the front page of the paper, the guidelines for avoiding Influenza seem very much like the guidelines for avoiding COVID-19. Social Distancing in not a new concept when it comes to a pandemic.|
Sources: All of today's clippings come from the October 11th edition of the Fulton County Tribune. In the interest of discovering what life was like during this pandemic I have not included notices of individuals who have the flu. There are a number of these notices both in the Fulton County Tribune and in the Archbold buckeye.
Fulton County Tribune Archive, Chronicling American, The Library of Congress