Pictures and authority regulations from 100 years back during the Spanish Flu pandemic show how people were not listening back then either. In 1918 similar behavior from the public caused second wave of the pandemic.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a new type of virus but the situation is not 100 percent unprecedented. According to a recent ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ list from 1918 shared by an American resident show that the human race faced a similar situation back then.
The Spanish Flu pandemic was caused by the H1N1 virus that spread pretty much similar to the coronavirus pandemic. Even though the authorities did not use the word ‘social distancing’ they did ask the public to stay away from gatherings and report any symptoms of the flu as soon as they start feeling them.
The pandemic in 1918 spread throughout the world and left devastation in its wake. According to the CDC, 500 million people or 1/3 of the world's population at the time would be infected with the virus. Of those people, at least 50 million died with approximately 675,000 of those deaths occurring in the United States. These numbers make it easy to see why this is considered the worst pandemic in modern history.
These are the list of instructions published at that time.
They were written by Douglas Island News and on August 8, Twitter user @TalyaVarga shared them as an eye opener for us.
Surprisingly, people were having the same exact arguments way back then as they are now when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing.
The sharer even highlighted some of the clauses which really hit a spot. Even 100 years ago, authorities had to plead the public to believe experts even if they don't understand the science, to heed the advice of scientists and other authorities on the matter, and to reject the idea that you are somehow "special" or exempt from these rules.
Whether we're talking about people who believe masks reduce our oxygen levels even after doctors definitely prove otherwise or those ranting at retail employees about requirements to wear them, it's clear that these guidelines are just as needed today as they were in 1918.
Some of the users provided other proof that people were not listening. One such incident happened on September 28 of 1918 when Philadelphia held a massive War Bond rally to support U.S. troops fighting in World War I. The rally saw 200,000 people flock to Broad Street as the parade line stretched to about two miles in length. Within 72 hours of this rally, all of Philadelphia's 31 hospitals had reached their maximum capacity. Within two weeks of it, 4,500 citizens died.
Here’s a picture of people wearing masks. You can clearly see how one person is wearing mask beneath the nose which is a common site nowadays too.
This piece of document and the pictures should prove as an eye opener for us. Its up to us to control the pandemic.