1918 flu paper - O'Leary 1 Brittney O'Leary Professor...

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O’Leary Brittney O’Leary Professor Faunce Gen Ed 111 12 October 2007 The Epidemic of 1918: The Flu That Attacked the World The world was hit hard by the epidemic of 1918. An influenza that until recently has remained unaddressed. From France to the Rocky Mountains, the Spanish influenza affected families around the globe. The world media in 1918 continuously counted deaths of flu victims, but shortly after the hype was over and no one brought up the epidemic again. It wasn’t until Alfred W. Crosby, a former professor of Washington State University took an interest in the epidemic that the world started to recognize the influenza’s extensive impact. The impact of the flu was similar for both Washington State College and the nation as a whole. Both the Historical New York Times (dated September 1918) and the Pullman Tribune (dated November 7, 1918) reported low mortality rates. The concern regarding the flu was low, reassuring readers that the outbreak was under control and that there was no need for panic. In the Pullman Tribune , the author acknowledged the efforts made by doctors and volunteers, “Pullman people and volunteers from out of town points have labored heroically and well to stamp out the plague.” The New York Times affirms to readers that the city has complete control of the influenza outbreaks, “When cases develop in private houses or apartments they will be kept in strict quarantine there. They develop in boarding houses or tenements they will be promptly removed to city hospitals.” Across the nation people were calmed by the words of the media promising control from the states efforts, leaving hysteria at a low. The New York Times 1
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O’Leary released a warning from Dr. William C. Woodward, the Health Commissioner of Boston at the time. In his warning to the public, he forewarned them of the incline in death rates that they would soon see because of a coming rainstorm, “Fear would lower the vitality of those exposed to influenza, and added that the rainstorm of today would undoubtedly result in a larger death list
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