One hundred years ago, people knew far less about diseases, hygiene, and medicine. Many people were killed by diseases that we have no need to be concerned about today, and pandemics circled the globe on many occasions. In fact, the Spanish Flu of 1918 and polio had many similarities to COVID-19, especially when you look at what people did to avoid those diseases.
The practices of social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands has not always been popular or correctly used. But 2020 is certainly not the first time these practices--and others--have been used. On this episode of the Pulse podcast, Infection Control nurse Kathy Blanford joins the discussion to cover the current COVID safety recommendations, and to review how people fought the spread of the Spanish Flu and polio.
And remember: wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay 6 feet apart from others!