By the beginning of November, the epidemic had ebbed and life resumed, albeit deeply impacted by an epidemic of global proportions. The overextension of hospitals and lack of beds led to the use of gymnasiums as spaces for beds. The closing of public spaces prevented the disease from spreading further, with approximately 675,000 people dying from Influenza in the United States alone (more than half of the current population of Central New York today). The pandemic was largely forgotten in public memory due to the sheer trauma of loss, but the impact on our own understanding of effective disease control and hygiene standards changed forever.
What similarities do you see between the experiences of the individuals in the past?
What lessons do you think we have learned?