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1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic Pictures


From the spring of 1918 to the early months of 1919, the Spanish flu pandemic ravaged the world, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people. It came in three waves, with the last wave being the most deadly.

This flu was unusual in that it was both extremely deadly and seemed to target the young and healthy, being particularly deadly to 20 to 35 year olds. By the time the flu had run its course, it had killed upwards of five percent of the world's population.

Included below is a fantastic collection of pictures from the deadly 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, including tent hospitals, people wearing preventative masks, a sick child, no spitting signs, and much more.

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A picture of people giving treatment to an influenza patient during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.Medical Personnel Giving Treatment to an Influenza PatientA picture of a letter carrier in New York wearing a mask for protection against the Spanish flu.A Letter Carrier Wearing a Mask for ProtectionA sign that warns theater-goers not to enter if they have a cold and are coughing and sneezing.A Sign Warning Theater Goers Not to Enter if They Have a ColdA picture of a doctor spraying a soldier's throat in an attempt to prevent influenza.A Doctor Spraying the Throat of His Patient in an Attempt to Prevent Influenza
A picture of a nurse wearing a mask while filling a pitcher with water from a fire hydrant.A Nurse Wearing a Mask While Filling a Pitcher From a Fire HydrantA picture of a boxing match on the ship's forecastle with the spectators wearing masks.Boxing Match on a Ship With Spectators Wearing MasksA picture of rows of beds, separated by sneeze screens at a Naval Training Station Hospital.Rows of Beds Separated by Sneeze Screens in a HospitalA picture of a typist wearing a mask, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.A Typist Wearing a Mask
A picture of a crowded sleeping area, with beds separated by sneeze screens.A Crowded Barracks With Beds Seaparated by Sneeze ScreensA sign that warns people not to spit on the floor, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.A Sign Warning People Not to Spit on the FloorA picture of a child with influenza in bed, with her mother and a visiting nurse standing nearby.A Child Sick With the Spanish FluA sign stating the number of patients and number of deaths at the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philly.Sign Stating Number of Cases and Deaths at the Naval Aircraft Factory
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