We are doing fine (97.5). My mother needed a few moments outside her house. Our solution for this is to bring her to my house where she can have a home-cooked meal prepared by this poor cook and get to spend quality time with the grand-dogs.
For today's history lesson Page 5 of the October 16,1918 El Paso Herald. Keep in mind the at the time of the printing of this newspaper the First World War had less than a month until the general armistice was implemented. Already the Spanish Flu was ravaging the world. Many cities and states were in the process of relaxing quarantines implemented earlier in the year. They did not know that in the next three years tens of millions would die from this virulent virus. Take time to read the page. You will find many of the same themes associated with our current pandemic echoing from the corridors of the past. The health system converts schools into hospitals. Events are cancelled. Soldiers are restricted to their bases. Attempts are made to isolate people with the disease. There is difficulty in understanding the link between the virus and pneumonia, leading to a shuffling of death statistics. New York has 5,000 deaths and 50,000 infections in a single month. Women are encouraged to wear chiffon veils in public as protection and "gauze shields" (we call them face-masks are worn by women in the defense industry. The page contains information of outbreaks as far afield as a New Mexico Apache Reservation and Chihuahua Mexico. Celebrity victims of the influenza include Buffalo Bill's daughter. A bogus cure (Dr. Ryder's Eucalyptus Oil Tablets) is tried on soldiers at Fort Bliss. Local deaths are at historic levels. The scourge of Typhus shrinks pale in comparison to the thousands perishing of influenza. (For those with an interest in American idioms, there is a Shinola advertisement. Now if some says, "You don't know shit from Shinola," you do.)