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Transcript of Spanish Flu
Canada at the time had eight million people and fifty thousand died within a few months. Why is it called the Spanish flu? Known as 'Spanish flu" because Spanish scientists were first to recognize it. Where did it originate? Originated in China, and was brought back from Europe during WW1. Who was vulnerable to the flu? Most vulnerable were people ages 20-40 What did doctors recommend? Recommended alkaline medication in for soda, citrate of potash, or lime water and milk.
Heroin used for coughing, insomnia and to clean digestive tract.
Alcohol was thought to be used for pain relief, but prohibition was active. Health precautions Toilet paper was used to blow noses and put in bags and burned.
Washed patient's dishes separately.
Stores, bars, etc were ordered to close early.
Sick people were isolated.
People began to wear surgical masks.
Tried to restrict train travel. Who took advantage of this situation? Businesses promoted their products to reduce affects of the flu.
Bovril- A beef extract beverage.
ie,"Guard against epidemics by building up the defensive forces of the body Bovril." "No one knows why some influenza viruses disproportionately affect more people in some age groups than others," says, Dr. Isra Levy Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Canadian Bank of Commerce in Calgary during the Spanish flu epidemic. Wearing masks in public was made compulsory by the Alberta government on October 25, 1918 Fig. 3 How to make a mask. The End