A series of photos have gone viral claiming to have been taken during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, which affected about one-third of the world's population
Public Health Malaysia recently posted photos, which have since been shared over 11,000 times on Facebook.
Its caption read, "Here are some pictures from the last pandemic over 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu 1918-1920. Looks like history has repeated itself. We haven't succeeded yet. Obey the SOP and suggestions that have been set."
However, not all of those photos are factually accurate. Some of them were not even taken during the pandemic of 1918.
Here's what each photo is really about:
1. Gas capes leftover from war were worn by these two women to keep them from the stinging effects of haze in Philadelphia in 1953
2. The woman in this photo wore a flu mask during the Spanish flu crisis
3. This image is of women who wore veils as a part of fashion in 1913
4. A picture of a family who wore masks during the Spanish flu crisis of 1918
This photo of a family and cat supposedly wearing face masks has been circulating the Internet.
Although Snopes confirms that this was taken during the Spanish flu in Dublin, California between 1918 and 1920, it is unclear if the cat actually wore a mask or it just has a white face.
Unfortunately, because the photo is quite old and blurry, even the coordinator who oversees Dublin's Heritage Park & Museums Tyler Phillips says it is hard to determine from the physical photograph.
Snopes does note, however, that it isn't entirely strange that people put masks on their pets back then.
5. These plastic face shields were believed to have been worn to protect against chilling snowstorms in Montreal, Canada in 1939
6. Warehouse that was converted to keep infected patients who were quarantined in 1918
7. An image of a gas-masked mum pushing her child's pram during a surprise gas test in 1941
8. An anti-spitting sign posted on a streetcar during the Spanish flu
According to The New York Times, this poster was stuck on a streetcar in Philadelphia in October 1918.
'Spit Spreads Death' was an exhibition that promoted the now disproved belief that illness could be spread by inhaling dried saliva particles.
Back then, posters and signs were placed on lamp posts and streetcars. Offenders who went against these anti-spitting measures were fined.
9. This vintage-looking poster was designed for COVID-19
10. Two women wearing face masks during the Spanish flu pandemic
11. The Spanish flu pandemic required all theatres to be closed
During the flu outbreak, which was first identified in Spain in 1918, all theatres were closed.