That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing. I am going to start reading up on this time period, with particular interest to how society moved out of the pandemic.
You know, growing up in Canada, the big historic reference points for the past century were the colonization and settlement of the West, WW1, WW2 (including the internment of Canadians of Japanese descent) and the sinking of the Titanic (and other historical one-offs that captured peoples imagination). The Spanish influenza pandemic wasn´t part of the historic landscape at all... in fact, if you had asked most Canadians as late as last year, most would not have known that it had happened.
And that' s not to say the pandemic wasn't punishing - it was - killing 55,000 people in Canada -- most of whom were in the prime of their life.
To put this into perspective, 61,000 Canadians were killed overseas in the First World War, which was seen at the time as having been a tremendous sacrifice for such a young, small nation. In fact, WW1 was so transcendental that it became known as the moment Canada came of age and became a nation.
And yet - immediately after the war - in sweepes a pandemic that killed nearly as many people in less time. The response? Amnesia!
I find it really interesting that this pandemic didn't burn itself into the collective consciousness, but I take solace in that. It tells me that society at the time picked itself up afterwards, brushed off the dust and threw away the masks,then marched on without looking back over its shoulder.
"Hay que distanciarnos hoy para luego abrazarnos más fuerte".
-Guiseppe Conte, primer ministro italiano.