Because of the Ebola threat now facing the United States and the world, I thought I’d share links to three letters written during the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed more than 50 million people worldwide. These letters should help to remind people of the horrors that have previously occurred in the world. Hopefully, this will make them take extra precautions to ensure that Ebola will not have as much of an impact as it did in 1918.
Ebola is a fatal disease that spreads from person to person through close contact. Previous outbreaks have shown that many people are vulnerable to this disease, so it’s vital that communities pull together to try and prevent an outbreak like the one in 1918, that unfortunately took so many lives.
Back then, hospital technology and protective wear were limited. This meant that a lot more people were able to catch and spread the disease. However, these days, we are lucky to have technology and science on our side to try and prevent another outbreak. Hopefully, we can take steps towards preventing the virus.
Should an Ebola outbreak occur again, we should be able to protect ourselves more effectively than the people in 1918 were able to do. Our medical staff, and the people of the United States, will be able to find a procedure face mask that can help us to prevent the spread, potentially reducing the number of deaths that Ebola can cause.
These letters that I have shared on this page should be able to inspire people to stay strong when times get tough, especially through scary times where fatal viruses and infections are spreading through communities. After reading these letters from 1918, I think you’ll agree that they speak volumes about man’s ability to deal with adversity. Stay safe everyone.
Links to the letters appear below:
To view several images from the same time period, visit the National Archives page, THE DEADLY VIRUS: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.
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