With the holidays fast-approaching and COVID-19 numbers rising, Thanksgiving dinner this year won’t be the same — but it’s not the first time we’ve experienced Thanksgiving with a side of pandemic.
The Spanish flu of 1918 peaked in Pittsburgh just as the holiday season kicked off, infecting more than 60,000 throughout Allegheny County. Similar to current circumstances, restrictions on public gatherings were put in place and, even stricter, those who felt ill were strongly encouraged to stay home.
Hopefully, as happened in 1918, things begin to return to normal after this holiday season — surely, we would all give thanks for that!
– Logan Armstrong, WordWrite