Chicago Tribune pages from 1918 show eerie similarities between coronavirus and Spanish Influenza

Colleges canceled classes, bars were shut down, movies weren’t released and public gatherings were banned. It sounds a lot like the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, but this was 1918 and the Spanish Influenza was spreading across the country. A look back through the Chicago Tribune’s archives show some striking similarities between the responses to stop the spread. Read more on

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