Masks Then and Now

By Logan Mitchell and Anna Neatrour

Masking up is just one of the aspects of the Spanish Flu that has parallels with what people are currently facing during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. During the spring of 2020 and the initial outbreak of COVID-19,  early contradictory information about wearing masks  followed by mask-wearing requirements resulted in news articles and opinion pieces that echo back to issues of "flu mask" wearing in 1918.

Read about facemasks in Utah during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic:

1918-10-19: Wearing ‘flu’ Mask Mandatory in Provo.  Article.

1918-10-26: Influenza Mask Order Held in Abeyance.  Article.

1918-10-09: Uses are Numerous for Hospital Mask.  Article.

1918-11-19: Wearing Influenza Masks to be Made Mandatory in Provo.  Article.

1918-11-25: Compulsory Mask Wearing Looms in Fight Against Influenza.  Article.

1918-12-06: "Mask Case" up in Court Today.  Article

1918-12-10: Masks Adopted by Utah County.  Article.

1918-12-12: Bingham Modifies Gause Mask Order.  Article.

1918-12-18: Gauze Mask Order in Provo Modified.  Article.

Read more about facemasks  in Utah during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic:

2020-03-17: Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired by Zeynep Tufekci, New York Times.  Article.

2020-05-15: Some businesses seeing locals wear masks, not visitors, by Carter Pape, Moab Times.  Article.

2020-05-22: Face masks distributed at recreation hot spots in time for Memorial Day by Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News.  Article.

2020-06-25: Summit County Requests Authority To Require Masks In Public by Sean Higgins, KCPW.   Article.

2020-06-26: Questions and answers about Salt Lake County’s new face mask requirement by Taylor Stevens, Salt Lake Tribune.  Article.

2020-07-16: A county commission was set to discuss masks in schools. Then a maskless crowd showed up to protest. By Teo Armus, Washington Post.  Article.

2020-08-17: Facemask myths debunked by Lisa Potter, At The U.  Article.

2020-08-13: Getting past the politics of face coverings by Paul Gabrielsen, At The U.  Article.

2020-08-14: Restrictions, not risk: New Utah executive orders update COVID-19 phase phrasing, school face mask guidelines by Lauren Bennet, KSL.  Article.


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