What history teaches us about mask wearing

San Francisco gathering, 1918. Wikimedia

It may be the experience of mask wearing laws set during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that is guiding the policy makers of today to play down the usefulness of masks.

According to Samuel Cohn, Professor of history at the University of Glasgow, masks were the least popular instrument against the virus with little belief in their effectiveness and great outrage at the imposition they caused.

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/face-masks-what-the-spanish-flu-can-teach-us-about-making-them-compulsory

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