How did Natchez deal with the 1918 Flu Pandemic?

The 1918 Flu Pandemic peaked in the United States in October and November of that year. Staggering public health statistics forced communities to determine how to combat the deadly virus. This Natchez Democrat article from November 15, 1918, notes that the Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and health authorities moved quickly to shut down schools, churches, and places of amusement. These restrictions remained in place for over a month. The end of the article praises the decision, saying, "By its prompt action Natchez suffered less than almost any other city in the country..." Perhaps an overstatement, but nevertheless the local community realized the importance of taking action. These measures are similar to the ones in place today, over 100 years later, for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Natchez Democrat - November 15, 1918


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