THE SPANISH FLU

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    1918-1920

  • First case reported

    First case reported
    First person at Kansas (military camp) diagnosed with a new strain of flu.
    Many soldiers were sent to Europe. There the flu spread. “American soldiers got sick. English soldiers. French. German. As it spread, the microbe mutated, day by day becoming more and more deadly.”
  • Death toll in Spain rises in the month of May

    Death toll in Spain rises in the month of May
    Spain reports flu has killed 8 million people this month(May). The virus became known to Americans as "Spanish Flu".
  • Warning issued by Public health officials

    Warning issued by Public health officials
    Public health officials in Philadelphia issue a warning about what they call the “Spanish influenza”.
  • Sailors reported being sick

    Sailors reported being sick
    Flu’s deadly second wave begins infecting 60 navy sailors in Boston.
  • First case reported in France

    First case reported in France
    Flu cases are first reported in France, where most U.S military personnel entered Europe.
  • Report from Dr. Victor Vaughn

    Report from Dr. Victor Vaughn
    hundreds of young stalwart men in uniform coming into the wards of the hospital. Every bed was full, yet others crowded in. The faces wore a bluish cast; a cough brought up the blood-stained sputum. That day, 63 men die of influenza.
  • Epidemic reported

    Epidemic reported
    Massachusetts Department of Health informs local newspapers that they are dealing with an epidemic
  • Public places were closed

    Public places were closed
    In Philadelphia, 200,000 people attend the parade to support the fourth liberty loan drive. After few days, many people got infected and flu was declared epidemic. Public places were closed until further notice.
  • Death toll rises

    Death toll rises
    In Boston, 202 people died. The Liberty Bond parades are cancelled as well as all sporting events.
  • Flu reaches the "Seattle" seaport

    Flu reaches the "Seattle" seaport
    Flu reaches Seattle (seaport) with 700 sick and 1 dead.
  • Philadelphia reports death toll

    Philadelphia reports death toll
    In Philadelphia, 286 people die in one day.
  • New York reports death toll

    New York reports death toll
    In a single day, 851 New Yorkers die The death rate in Philly was also was 700 times the average for a week
  • Masks became mandatory

    Masks became mandatory
    Washington state passes a law that says to wear mask in public.
  • Halloween cancelled

    Halloween cancelled
    Halloween events were cancelled nationwide. October was also the deadliest month of the epidemic killing 195,000 Americans
  • News world print

    News world print
    News world print puts out the precautionary measures to avoid flu.
  • WWI ends

    WWI ends
    World War I ends. Celebrations bring crowd together that led the spread of virus and 5000 cases were reported after that in San Francisco.
  • Seattle reopens schools

    Seattle reopens schools
    Seattle reopens its schools.
  • No new deaths reported

    No new deaths reported
    For the first time since the outbreak began, no new deaths from Spanish flu were reported in Seattle. As quickly as it appeared, the flu silently vanishes.
  • Spanish flu vanishes

    Spanish flu vanishes