Daily Life in the 1918 Pandemic
Work was an important factor during the 1918 flu pandemic, as work was essential to people’s lives. Steps were taken to try to limit the spread, but it was not fool proof. Face masks were used, as can be seen in this picture of workers at a branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Calgary, but they did not prevent the spread of the disease among workers. For instance, the hardest hit group in Boston during the first wave were young male breadwinners, making up 47% of those affected. This number is similar around the world, as because they were out and about more than any other group, as the prime workforce. As the 1918 flu pandemic spread through the workforce, other areas of people’s lives were impacted.
Image: Influenza poster, October 12, 1918.
Image: Article from The Globe, November 1, 1918.
Image: Article from The Globe, November 13 1918.
HIST1P50 is grateful to Co-Operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada for its support of this project. We are also indebted to our community partners, the St. Catharines and Welland Canal Museum, The Niagara Falls History Museum, the Lincoln Museum, and the Nelles Manor Museum. Thanks also to the Co-Op Office at Brock University.
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