Pandemic photo 1918. Shocking image of a group of football fans wearing face masks amid the Spanish flu. The image was taken 102 years ago in Atlanta during a Georgia Tech home game. It came to light just over a century after the world is experiencing the coronavirus pandemic and some countries are trying to return to normal

Photo pandemic 1918. The image shocks: A group of fans watch a college football game in the midst of the Spanish flu pandemic. They all wear masks, but they barely keep distance from each other in the different rows of stands.

The photo was taken 102 years ago.

In this photo provided by Georgia Tech student Andy McNeil, the public appears with masks, during a game of that university as a local, in the 1918 season. The image was captured by student Thomas Carter, in the midst of a pandemic of the Spanish influenza (Thomas Carter via AP)

Georgia Tech students’ Twitter account posted this sepia photograph, showing the scene at Grant Field in 1918. Decades before there were parking lot parties, primetime television coverage and billions of dollars in money By spreading it in the media, the slogan of fervent sports fans was not very different from what many are saying now: despite the risks, you have to go to the game.

And once the public is allowed to return to the stadiums, history shows that the response can be remarkable.

“That’s really what started with the great boom in college football in the 1920s,” said Jeremy Swick.

The college football hall of fame historian said fans and players back then were eager for the return of the sport.

“The people were ready. He was returning from the war. I wanted there to be games again. There were not so many restrictions on going out. It was possible to enroll in school quite easily. You see a lot of talent that returns to the environment. There is more money. The fury of the 20s has begun to be felt, and that is where we see a kind of arms race between the stadiums. Who can build the largest and most intimidating stadium? ”

Now, a return seems distant, even as some schools prepare with the confidence that they will be able to contest the full campaign this fall. For now, the headlines of the press are still dominated by discussions about what activities can be carried out safely.

On Friday, the Southeast Conference (SEC) gave its go-ahead for all athletes to return to campus on June 8, for voluntary activities, at the discretion of each university.

“I think many people will hesitate to attend sporting events as spectators until there is a proven vaccine,” said Johnny Smith, professor of sports history at Georgia Tech. “I think there are parallels to what we can learn from 1918, in terms of how we respond to a pandemic. Cities that were hesitating and did not impose closure orders so quickly had more deaths. I think the general lesson we can learn from 1918, about how to respond to a pandemic, is that the orders of confinement and social distancing are effective. ”

Back then, college football was having trouble completing its rosters, amid the lingering effects of World War I. There were restrictions on travel, practices, and the number of games that could be played.

The classic Army-Navy encounter was canceled in 1918, and the only postseason game was the East vs. West match in 1919 in Pasadena. It was a version of what is now known as the Rose Bowl.

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