Social Distancing during the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic
The current situation with Covid-19 outbreak is not a unique epidemic, and history confirms that the less contact people have with each other, the slower the contagion spreads. Former historian, Tom Hanchett, shared this article from Quartz.com and the Charlotte Observer article above that shows that social distancing works historically.
“Closed schools, playgrounds, libraries, courtrooms, and even churches…public gatherings of more than 20 people were banned. The extreme measures-now known as social distancing, which is being called for global health agencies to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus-kept per capita flu-related deaths in St. Louis to less than half of those in Philadelphia.”
While we should be keeping apart physically, the Museum wants to be the place where people can come together even digitally. Do you have any ideas on what the museum can offer?