ACH040: The Influenza pandemic of 1918 hit Philadelphia particularly hard, killing up to 16,000 people. Tom and Noëlle Crowe explore how the Catholic Church in the city stepped up to help the overwhelmed city services, with over 2,000 nuns filling in as nurses and going door to door in neighborhoods.
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Links for this episode:
- Influenza Pandemic and the Sisters – Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Work Of The Sisters During The Epidemic Of Influenza, October, 1918.Gathered And Arranged From Reports Of Personal Experiences Of The Sisters And Contributed By Request Of The Compiler
- Here’s how the epidemic played out – day by day – for the two weeks after the Liberty Loan Parade that many experts say led to the explosion of influenza in Philadelphia. | PhillyVoice
- 1918, Sisters and Church Closings | Charlotte was Both
- A chart of the 1918 Spanish flu shows why social distancing works — Quartz
- Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu
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