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ONLINE: The Spanish Flu by the Mutter Museum

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia
An ONLINE program presented by The Mutter Museum

The 1918-1919 influenza pandemic infected nearly one third of all humans on Earth and resulted in over 50 million deaths. The worst hit city in the United States was Philadelphia, where roughly 16,000 people died from the “Spanish flu.” However, despite its significant impact on human history, many people have never heard of what some have called the “forgotten pandemic.” This lesson will help students understand the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, the virus that caused it, the impact of World War I on spreading the disease, the scientific and public health response to the outbreak, and the ways the pandemic influenced present-day medical knowledge and responses to infectious disease.

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This event will be presented on Zoom. The library will contact all registrants with instructions on how to join using Zoom. Please contact Anne Hall at if you have any questions.

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