Sunday, August 9, 2020

Back To The Future

This advice from the Douglas Island News (Douglas Island, Alaska) from November 15, 1918 deals with preventing influenza, but substitute the word COVID and it could have been written last week.
Do’s and Don’ts For Influenza Prevention
  • Wear a mask.
  • Live a clean, healthy life.
  • Keep the pores open–that is bathe frequently.
  • Wash your hands before each meal.
  • Live in an abundance of fresh air, day and night.
  • Keep warm.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Gargle frequently (and always after having been out) with a solution of salt in water (Half teaspoon of salt to one glass–eight ounces–of water).
  • Report early symptoms to the doctor at once.
  • Respect the quarantine regulations.
  • Avoid crowds. You can get the influenza only by being near some one who is infected.
  • Avoid persons who sneeze or cough.
  • Do not neglect your mask.
  • Do not disregard the advice of a specialist just because you do not understand.
  • Do not disregard the rights of a community–obey cheerfully the rules issued by the authorities.
  • Do not think you are entitled to special privileges.
  • Do not go near other people if you have a cold or fever–you may expose them to the influenza and death. See the doctor.
  • Do not think it is impossible for you to get or transmit influenza.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth.
  • Do not cough or sneeze in the open.
  • Do not use a public towel or drinking cup.
  • Do not visit the sick or handle articles from the sick room.
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  1. I squinted and read the clipping. Then I saw you had posted below and read again. Thank you. Nothing changes, does it. What goes around comes around.

  2. I wish I would have realized you had it written out before I struggled to read the clipping lol. It basically is the exact same thing! Crazy isn't it?!

    1. Martha, things looked OK on my screen, but I went ahead and edited the post so the easier-to-read part is on the top. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. A must read blog . Thanks for sharing

  4. Willfull ignorance of science gets people killed