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March 21, 2020

Vintage Photos Show How Infectious Diseases Were Dealt With in the Past

People around the world are avoiding traveling abroad, staying clear of hospitals and sporting face masks on a daily basis. But, this is not the first time an infectious disease caused society to take extra precautions. From tuberculosis to polio, the 20th century was filled with several health outbreaks. Take a look at how people avoided getting sick from diseases in the past.

1. Catching Colds

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In 1932, doctors around London advised citizens to wear masks over their mouths in order to combat the spread of the flu. After coming to the understanding that influenza ‘germs’ were spreading from the mouth by speaking and coughing, people began sporting this cotton-ball like mouthguard.

2. Pool Protocol

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Just before World War II broke out, British residents were warned that the next conflict would include chemical warfare. In order to protect themselves from the effects of gas bombs, which could lead to respiratory diseases, people walked around in gas masks. This pre-war family is seen sporting gas masks while heading to the Empire Pool in Wembley, London.

3. Kissing Precaution

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When we see a cute baby in a stroller, some of us get a sudden urge to take a closer look and even reach in and give them a kiss. However, back in 1939, that kissing-urge led to the spread of the flu. Parents went so far as to place a warning sign on their adorable kids that read: Flu Precaution Please Don’t Kiss Me.

4. Healing Hayfever

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In 1955, doctors created a mask to help hayfever sufferers. According to reports, air pressure from the lungs converted into an electrical current which created an ‘electrical pattern’. This helped doctors determine how each hayfever sufferer responded to the pollen.

(This original article was written by Noam Schulman and published on Ynetnews)


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