Wednesday: What It Was Really Like In St. Louis During The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic | St. Louis Public Radio

Wednesday: What It Was Really Like In St. Louis During The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour Wednesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

In determining the best guidelines for government action during the COVID-19 outbreak, city leaders and officials are looking at how different metros responded during the 1918 flu pandemic. The general consensus is that because St. Louis implemented more extensive quarantine measures, the area had a lower death rate than other cities in the U.S.

Chris Naffziger, who writes about history and architecture for St. Louis magazine, says that while city officials managed to prevent the deaths of thousands during the pandemic of 1918 through 1920, St. Louis’ response to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic wasn't quite what we remember

Wednesday on St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske will talk with Naffziger about his work digging into the history of St. Louis during that moment in time.

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St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Joshua Phelps. The engineer is Aaron Doerr and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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