Social Distancing Helped Kalamazoo Fight The 1918 Flu (WMUK)

"The deadliest day we had in the flu was during that third round and it was nine reported deaths on Christmas Eve."

Kalamazoo’s experience with an earlier pandemic has a lesson to teach about the effectiveness of what we now call social distancing – and the dangers of ending it too soon, WMUK reports.

As health officials caught on, the city eventually took steps to close down schools, businesses, bars, movie theaters, billiard halls and other public gathering places. Halloween was cancelled. A wave of cases subsided.

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