The Killer Flu Pandemic of 1918


“Between March 1918 and late 1919, the “Spanish Flu” is thought to have infected perhaps 20 percent of the world’s population. Masks were considered de rigeur, especially for Red Cross and other healthcare workers. Mortality estimates have long pegged the number of dead worldwide as somewhere around 20 million people — but newer estimates put the number closer to 100 million.”


In the above photo, a woman uses an air purifying apparatus thought to make breathing safer in 1919.


Nurses care for “Spanish Flu” victims outdoors in tents during a “fresh air cure” in Lawrence, Massachusetts.