What have the experts forgotten in the last 100 years?
Have the experts learnt from the Chicago Influenza Epidemic of 1918?
Don’t live in the dark.
Don’t shut the sunshine out of your home.
Don’t exclude the fresh air.
Don’t fail to keep clean.
Don’t go into crowded places.
Don’t associate with people who sneeze and cough in your presence.
Don’t use common towels.
Don’t fail to practice what you preach.
Don’t overtax your physical powers.
Cut out evening entertainments.
Be in bed by ten o’clock.
Get nine hours sleep.
Don’t fail to sleep with every window in your bedroom open.
Don’t fail to call your doctor for yourself or any member of your family at the first sign of illness. Better be safe than sorry.
Don’t allow your home to become damp, chilly or uncomfortable.
See to it that it is kept at a temperature of at least 68 to 70 degrees all the time.
Don’t fail, if possible, to walk to your work in the morning and to your home at night. The open air exercise will be of decided benefit.
A Report on an Epidemic of Influenza in the City of Chicago in the Fall of 1918
John Dill Robertson – Department of Health – City of Chicago – 1918
Have the experts remembered natural variability?
Have the experts established a baseline against which they can be judged?
Have the experts established whether this time is different?
Anyone wishing to learn more should consult the original 1918 report.
Feelin’ Stronger Every Day – Leonid & Friends (Chicago cover)