Business owners pressured government officials to let them open back up…. Theater owners even descended on Mayor Mills’ office to demand he ease up on restrictions that were costing them $50,000 per week.
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The mayor relented. On Nov. 11, Denver residents poured into the streets to celebrate Armistice Day — the end of World War I. Two weeks later, the city recorded 605 cases of Spanish flu and 22 deaths on a single day.
Restrictions had to be reimposed as public life once again ground to a halt. It wouldn’t be until January 1919 that the Spanish flu would finally run its course in Denver, though it lingered into the spring in outlying parts of the state.
That’s a Bit from an Article in yesterday’s Denver Post, which noted the “Spanish flu” is thought to have actually originated just over the state line in Kansas. The 1918 flu was the worst pandemic of the modern era; let’s hope it continues to hold the record for a long time: as many as 100 million people died from it. About 27 percent of the world population (around half a billion of the about 1.9 billion at the time) got the virus; 100 million is 20 percent of the infected. Of course, those sobering numbers were from an era well before air travel.
But it Still Spread Quickly
Newly inducted soldiers from that apparent origination point in Haskel County, Kan., traveled to Camp Funsten, now Fort Riley, in north central Kansas, and from there, it spread to the world as soldiers shipped out.
Kit liked this part, quoting someone from our immediate area:
Isaiah Knott, a health officer in the Uncompahgre Valley, chided his fellow residents in Montrose as cases mounted there. “If you are sick and do not stay away from social gatherings, you have the heart of a hun,” the Montrose Daily Press quoted him as saying on Oct. 8, 1918.
“Oooh! I love that slam,” Kit said. “‘The heart of a hun.’ 😂 ”
There are an awful lot of huns in the world today.
But What About…?
I had a laugh when I saw something along the lines of “eating lots of garlic will protect you against COVID-19!” My response: have you seen the numbers out of Italy? Please.
“Shelter in place” will probably last for months. Don’t get “tired” of it, like Denver did, leading to another surge in infections and death. Yep, the economics are going to be rough: we’re not officially in a recession yet, but there’s going to be one. With luck, it won’t last long.
The bottom line is, we need to listen to the people who have spent their lives studying stuff like this, and follow their suggestions.
And wash your hands!
I hope I don’t “really” need to tell you that COVID-19 is not an influenza virus, but rather a coronavirus, which is in a completely different class of virus. And yes, I’m definitely aware there is controversy over where the Spanish flu originated. It was likely not China, let alone Spain!
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