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Spanish Flu hospital, USA

Spanish Flu hospital, USA

C037/5520

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Sterilising room in the War Influenza camp, Emery Hill, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. This was an emergency open air hospital, set up on a dairy farm, as it was thought the fresh air protected against infection. The 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, which occurred in several waves between 1918 and 1920, infected one fifth of the world population and killed between 20 and 50 million, more than had been killed in the First World War. The second wave of the pandemic, from August 1918, was much deadlier than the first, with high mortality rates among young healthy adults including soldiers. Photographed on 26th October 1918.

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