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Newspaper articles with news of the Spanish flu.
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“The situation in Cincinnati is precarious. There is no decline in the number of new cases. Physicians have been unable to determine the cause of the disease or to prescribe an effective treatment. Nurses on duty have been working 14 to 16 hours a day since the epidemic started. Their sacrifice and self-denial have been marvelous.” The Cincinnati Enquirer October 1918, at the onset of an influenza pandemic that will come to be known as the "Spanish Flu."

Death counts from the Spanish flu.
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The language from the 1918 newspaper article, headlines and mortality statistics echo what we will hear and read during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide died from the 1918 influenza pandemic.

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Cincinnati Children’s Gift Shop dates to 1910 with the founding of the Junior Co-operative Society. The volunteer organization begins as a social sewing group, making and selling white dresses and hemmed washcloths to families of hospitalized children. Their work evolves to make hand-made clown toys. By 1942, the Junior Co-op officially opens the hospital’s first gift shop. With the motto, "the more you shop, the more we give," Junior Co-Op members volunteer over 60,000 hours each year, and proceeds are donated back to the medical center.