Pandemic Double Takes: 1918…or 2020? You Won’t Believe These Photographs

See history repeat itself with images of the Spanish flu and COVID-19 outbreaks More than a century after the 1918 Spanish flu, its lessons are still saving lives. Mitigation methods such as face masks and social distancing may seem like foreign practices in the United States, but they would have felt familiar to those battling that earlier pandemic, which killed an estimated 675,000 Americans, already shell-shocked from World War I. Globally, the disease claimed some 50 million people. This coronavirus may be novel, but eerily similar photographs from both pandemics reveal an undeniable sense of déjà flu. ARRESTING THE VIRUS: (Above) Not all who wear masks are outlaws. Police officers in 1918 Seattle took the same precautions as New York cops in 2020. photoquest / getty images; jack taylor / getty images DIALED IN The telephone was advertised as a way to combat isolation under quarantine in 1918, but […]

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