The Devastating 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Cleveland in 100 Headlines

Just over 100 years ago, a pandemic struck many parts of the globe. A quarter of the population was infected. The Plain Dealer detailed its arrival in Cleveland how the city battled to save as many lives as possible. Using the Cleveland Public Library archives, we dug through the old papers to find the headlines from that pandemic. Some are very similar to ones we're seeing from today's COVID-19 outbreak. Some couldn't be more different. Check them out.

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The Devastating 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic in Cleveland in 100 Headlines
September 12th: ’Ware Spanish Flu; ‘Tis Here

September 12th: ’Ware Spanish Flu; ‘Tis Here

September 14th: Ache All Over? It’s A Sign Of The Flu: Surgeon General Tells What Patient and Physician Should Do

September 14th: Ache All Over? It’s A Sign Of The Flu: Surgeon General Tells What Patient and Physician Should Do

September 17th: Influenza is Spreading: Boston Reports 257 New Cases, New York Has 184

September 17th: Influenza is Spreading: Boston Reports 257 New Cases, New York Has 184

September 18th: Franklin Roosevelt Ill: Navy Secretary Has Pneumonia Brought on by Influenza

September 18th: Franklin Roosevelt Ill: Navy Secretary Has Pneumonia Brought on by Influenza

September 21st: Influenza Takes 15 Soldiers Lives: Camp Devens Men Are Victims, Disease Will Spread Army Surgeon Says

September 21st: Influenza Takes 15 Soldiers Lives: Camp Devens Men Are Victims, Disease Will Spread Army Surgeon Says

September 22nd: Surgeon General Tells How to Dodge Spanish Influenza

September 22nd: Surgeon General Tells How to Dodge Spanish Influenza

September 25th: 23,000 Have Flu in Army Camp; Boston Closes Schools to Combat Epidemic

September 25th: 23,000 Have Flu in Army Camp; Boston Closes Schools to Combat Epidemic

September 26th: 5,000 New Cases of Flu in Army; 155 Day’s Death Toll, U.S. and State Officials Take Steps to Arrest Disease

September 26th: 5,000 New Cases of Flu in Army; 155 Day’s Death Toll, U.S. and State Officials Take Steps to Arrest Disease

September 29th: Votes Million For Flu; House Passes Measure to Stop Epidemic

September 29th: Votes Million For Flu; House Passes Measure to Stop Epidemic