Colourised images showing how doctors and nurses fought to save Spanish Flu sufferers in 1918 have been revealed for the first time a century later. They show community centres and sports halls in the US converted into makeshift hospitals for the sick, while cinemas were closed and people wore face masks when they went to the park or took public transport. The disease, which broke out after the First World War, spread quickly and ravaged the globe, claiming between 20million to 50million lives. The pictures may serve as a warning for today’s coronavirus outbreak, which has already seen schools, universities, restaurants and cinemas closed, and what can happen if governments fail to take swift action. There are more than 170,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with 6,512 deaths reported so far. However, experts have warned that these numbers may drastically increase before the virus peaks around May. Colourised images of how doctors and nurses fought to save lives during the Spanish flu outbreak have been revealed for the first time. Pictured above is Camp Funston Flu Ward in March 1918 Hospital beds crammed head to toe at the San Francisco Naval Training Station. They are occupied by soldiers Theatres and public… Read full this story
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