Mystery Monday: "Spanish Influenza"
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Today's task: It's not the first time Derry has seen a virus like COVID -19. In fact, in 1918 and 1919, similar headlines were being broadcast across Derry Newspapers regarding a contagious virus known as "Spanish Influenza." Today's task is to delve into our local newspapers to see headlines and cautions the last time a global epidemic was hitting the airwaves.
Here's how to play:
Step 1: Need a few tips on navigating the Derry News? Just revisit this quick tutorial:
Step 2: Begin the hunt! Go to The Derry News Archives:
Step 3: Use your skills to locate the answers to the questions below and then hit submit to receive your Sleuth Level badge.
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In an article titled "Uncle Sam's Advice on Flu," from October 11th, 1918, where does the writer suggest "Spanish Influenza" actually originated?
What was Mintol Vapocream and what did it claim to do?
In an article titled "Spanish Influenza and How It Should Be Treated" dated October 29th, 1918, what does the writer suggest is the best course of action to recovery?
Locate the article from the Derry Enterprise entitled "U.S. Health Issues Warning," dated December 3rd 1918. What similarities are there between the surgeon general's warning then and the precautions, today?
Locate Derry News, November 8th, 1918, P. 8. How long does it suggest the schools were closed for and what is Butterfield's proposed solution to making up for the lost time?
On what date did the State Board of Health "Remove the Ban" on gatherings in public places?
On what date did the news report that Sewell Boyce (a Gate-Tender), had recovered from pneumonia?
What did Mrs. Pollard, Chairman of the local Red-Cross Society have in her possession in October of 1918?
How many students at Pinkerton Academy had confirmed cases of Influenza as of the September 27th, 1918 edition of the Derry News?
Read the article "Simple Rules for Preventing Disease" dated November 26th, 1918. List three rules that the nurse gives for avoiding contracting disease.
Bonus Question: Use exact phrase searching for "public health," in the years 1918-1919. What did you find?
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