Everything old is new again …

1918 flu epidemic in OaklandFrom the Douglas Island News (Douglas Island, Alaska), Friday, November 15, 1918:

Do’s and Don’t’s 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.

With a few exceptions, these are the same guidelines we have been told to follow in the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow CDC guidelines and those of our own Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to keep yourself and the community safe.


About Pat Tully

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4 Responses to Everything old is new again …

  1. b33n3y3d says:

    This is perfect. Thank you.


  2. paulojohnson says:

    Hi! I received an image of a clipping from an old newspaper that copied this 1918 article from the Douglas Island News. Doing due diligence, I tried to find the source of the image but had no luck. I did however find the original article on newspapers.com, thanks to the fact that some intrepid user name “ptully262” clipped it on 3/20/2020 How did you find it?! I wanted to say thank you for doing the research and finding this. My friends and I love all the pearls of wisdom in it, like “do not think you are entitled to special privileges.” Cheers from Austin,TX – Paul


  3. I margaret says:

    And pray


  4. I margaret says:

    And pray


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