Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for September 13th:
"Nurse wearing a mask as protection against influenza. September 13, 1918."


"Nurse wearing a mask as protection against influenza. September 13, 1918.", NWDNS-165-WW-269B-5; Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952 ; Record Group 165; National Archives.

The influenza epidemic of 1918 first emerged without warning in late spring of 1918, and was known as the "three-day fever." Few deaths were reported and victims recovered after a few days. When the disease surfaced again that fall, it was far more severe. One fifth of the world's population was attacked by this deadly virus. Within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history.
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