As we wend our way through the winter season, everyone hopes to avoid getting the flu or a cold. Whether you have already spent part of the holidays sniffling or have managed to dodge the bullet (so far), here is a thought that might make you feel better: it could be worse.
Here is a look at some of the ways Salt Lake County tried to limit the spread of epidemics and illnesses in history.
Beginning of December, 1918: 1,000 flu cases and 48 deaths; compulsory use of face masks:
December 18, 1918: Only two flu cases reported; moving picture shows to open again:
In the 1930s, households with Mumps or Whooping Cough patients placed placards in their windows to warn potential visitors away:
Three document images: Salt Lake County Commission Meeting Minutes, 1918
“Mumps” photograph: Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, 35-460
“Whooping Cough” photograph: Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Photographs, 16-18-477-005