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Comparing and contrasting the pandemics: Photos compare the human and economic toll of the Spanish Flu of 1918 and present day

Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 1 of 22: Much like today, when the 1918 Spanish Flu arrived on United States soil, Americans took every precaution available to try and stop the spread of the virus. Photos from the era now look eerily familiar. They show well known centers and halls converted into makeshift hospitals for the sick, while theaters, restaurants and schools were closed. People wore face masks when they went to the park or took public transportation. The disease, which broke out after the First World War, claimed between 20 million and 50 million lives. And, like today, the measures taken to save lives cost American citizens millions of dollars and thousands of jobs. We compared photos from 1918 with pictures taken during the coronavirus pandemic currently circling the globe and devastating the economy. Click through to see them all...

Much like today, when the 1918 Spanish Flu arrived on United States soil, Americans took every precaution available to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Photos from the era now look eerily familiar. They show well known centers and halls converted into makeshift hospitals for the sick, while theaters, restaurants and schools were closed. People wore face masks when they went to the park or took public transportation. The disease, which broke out after World War I, claimed between 20 million and 50 million lives. And, like today, the measures taken to save lives cost American citizens millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

We compared photos from 1918 with pictures taken during the coronavirus pandemic currently circling the globe and devastating the economy. Click through the gallery above to see them all.

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