by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff
It would be rather difficult to not think of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 as the world deals with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Newark Post of October 9, 1918 had several articles about the pandemic.
Disclaimer: The influenza of 1918 was also known as the Spanish Flu. In 2015, the World Health Organization updated the best practices in naming human infectious diseases to not include geographic names, personal names, or names that would unfairly and negatively impact people, industries, or occupations. This is not retroactive, but this blog will attempt to preserve the progress in nomenclature.
At the time the paper was printed, both Delaware College and Women’s College had been closed, but dorm space was being used to house and care for the sick. In addition to trying to contain the flu, many people came down with pneumonia as a result and needed care for that as well.
Social distancing wasn’t practiced during the pandemic; nevertheless, the state Board of Health seemed to close down many facilities and events to prevent masses of people spreading the contagion. Unfortunately, the paper doesn’t mention the conditions under which the state Board of Health would allow facilities to re-open. Nevertheless, the pandemic was eventually brought under control, and Delaware College (now the University of Delaware) did re-open.
Please stay safe in these trying times.