Some of the Masks Used During the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
The 1918 Spanish Flu infected about 1/3 of the world’s population (about 500 million people) and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims. The flu was first detected in Europe, America and parts of Asia before it rapidly spread around the globe. There were no effective medicines or vaccines available to treat the flu strain. People were ordered to wear masks, education, business and entertainment sectors and establishments were closed and bodies heaped up in improvised morgues.
The following are some of the masks used during the pandemic over 100 years ago: