Churches, flu masks, theatrical fare, and some hungry Fresnans. How does the crisis finally unwind?
The people of Fresno try to figure out how to celebrate the end of the Great War — without reviving the flu epidemic.
Why do we talk about “reopening” the economy, as if it were a bodega or a Bennigan’s? Americans trip over political metaphors yet again.
The flu appeared to be losing its grip on the city, suggesting that Fresno’s strict social distancing measures were bearing fruit.
What is it like to see your city bombed out, like London during the Blitz, yet more or less intact?
Masks were certainly controversial. In San Francisco, a deputy health officer had shot and severely wounded a man who refused to don one.
Walt Whitman gives us a window into the ways that Americans once dealt with unmanageable tragedy.
As Fresno moved into the fourth week of its influenza outbreak, the situation appeared increasingly dire.