Free technology for teachers: Influenza Archives
Monday’s highlight from today’s document from the National Archives was “a nurse wearing a mask as a protection against influenza. September 13, 1918.” As is often the case with items in the daily feed, there was a link to additional information about the image. Additional information in this case was a collection of photographs and documents from the 1918 influenza pandemic of the National Archives.
Applications for education.
- How long do you think it took people in Maine (where we live) to learn about the severity of the flu pandemic?
- What did people living in 1918 think about wearing masks?
- What are the similarities between the 1918 influenza pandemic and the current COVID-19 pandemic?
- How did the US government respond to the 1918 influenza pandemic? How is this COVID-19 similar or different from the epidemic response?