Dating in A Pandemic According To Those Who Lived Through The Spanish Flu

Dating is a bit awkward during a pandemic. Dating can get quite physical and getting physical during a pandemic can be risky, but this is nothing new. The New York Post found a deadline from the days of the Spanish Flu that offered up some advice. The headline from August 17, 1919 copy of the New York City Sun offered this "If You Must Kiss, Kiss Via Kerchief." The quote was from the board of health stating that if you don't take this precaution, the Spanish Flu could get you.

A magazine fro 1918 offered up this tip for smooching... grab a small racket, dip it in antiseptic and then kiss through the racket. Ummm... ok?

A Brooklyn paper in 1918 warned that kissing should be avoided at this time of the Spanish Influenza, but if you must kiss, kiss on the cheek or forehead.

Apparently back in the time of the Spanish Flu, actors in movies would practice kissing with masks on and only taking them off for the one cut that would be used in the film.

And you may be surprised to learn that back in 1918, women would use bows and other things to accessorize their masks just as some are doing today.

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