Using the following documents, analyze responses to the spread of influenza in the early twentieth century.
Historical Background: The influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 killed an estimated 50 million people, many more than the total fatalities of the First World War. Approximately 20%–40% of the global population became ill.
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Document 5: If God sends pestilence, don’t fight it
Document 8: The End of Days
There were a variety of responses to the spread of influenza in the early twentieth century such as government policies that aided or hindered the spread of the disease, religious understandings and justifications for the epidemic, and health care professionals and individuals who simply tried to care for the sick and dying.