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"Flu" Quarantine Vain



Dr. Copeland, NYC health commissioner, tells how epidemic was fought in New York. City had the smallest death rate of any in the country in spite of not having a quarantine. Schools not closed but children were carefully watched for disease. Teachers trained to detect early symptoms. If children were sick, they were sent home and monitored. Dr. Copeland states: "Had we turned the children out into the street thousands of infected children would have spread and multiplied the disease". Movie theatres were selectively closed with 'better-class motion-picture theatres' kept open while others were locked and sealed. Theatre managers were instructed to warn against spitting, coughing, and sneezing. He states: "Our greatest problem was with the crowds in the subway and elevated trains. We arbitrarily fixed hours when employes should go to work and return, thus cutting rush hour crowds. We compelled adequate ventilation".Newspaper article

Topics: Place -- Baltimore, Maryland, Subject -- out-of-town reporting, Person -- Copeland, Royal S., MD, Place -- New York, New York, Subject -- death rate, Subject -- schools, Subject -- school age children, Subject -- teachers, Subject -- surveillance, Subject -- theater closure, Subject -- spitting, Subject -- cough and sneeze etiquette, Subject -- overcrowding, Subject -- streetcars, Subject -- altered hours of operation, Subject -- ventilation, Subject -- social distancing, Subject -- public health measures, Subject -- non-pharmaceutical intervention
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Publishing, University Library, University of Michigan
Year: 1918
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