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Well, we done told you

I got some warnin’

Jesus comin’ soon,

Well I thought I got some warnin’

Jesus comin’ soon


In the year of 19 and 18

God sent a mighty disease

It killed men many thousand

On land and on the seas.


Great disease was mighty

And the people were sick everywhere

It was the –

It floated through the air.


The doctors they got troubled

And they didn’t know what to do,

They gathered themselves together

They called it the Spanish Flu.


Soldiers died on the battlefield

Died in the camps too,

Captain said to the lieutenant

I don’t know what to do.


Well God is warnin’ the nation

He’s warnin’ them every way,

To turn away from evil

And seek the Lord and pray.


Well the noble said to the people

You better close your public schools,

Until –

Better close the churches too.


Read the book of Zacharrias

Bible plainly says

Said the people in the cities dyin’

‘Count of their wicked ways.

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Myrtle Gonzalez (September 28, 1891 – October 22, 1918) was an American actress. She starred in at least 78 silent era motion pictures from 1913 to 1917 and is regarded as Hollywood’s first Latin movie star actress. She passed away at 27 due to complications due to a heart condition after contracting the Spanish Flu.

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Me, generating a TTRPG character in January 2020: oh, and he’s a doctor in the 1920s, let’s give him tragic backstory with the Spanish Flu! That’s a good source of angst that’s suitably distanced from my own experiences!

Me, playing this character in March 2020: AAAAAAAA

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The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.  In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918.

It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. Mortality was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65 years and older. The high mortality in healthy people, including those in the 20-40 year age group, was a unique feature of this pandemic.

While the 1918 H1N1 virus has been synthesized and evaluated, the properties that made it so devastating are not well understood. With no vaccine to protect against influenza infection and no antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections that can be associated with influenza infections, control efforts worldwide were limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings, which were applied unevenly.

Pic 1:  Precautions taken in Seattle, Wash., during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask. 260,000 of these were made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross which consisted of 120 workers, in three days.

Pic 2:  Members, St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty on 5 ambulances. 

Pic 3:  Interior of Red Cross House at U.S. General Hospital #16, New Haven, Conn. during the influenza epidemic. The beds are isolated by curtains.

Pic 4:  The Back Yard Workshop, while School was closed for Influenza. Mountain Division, Denver, Colorado.

Pic 5:  Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918.

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