Spanish Flu Ward

Photograph of Influenza Ward at Walter Reed Hospital

This photograph shows a patient and nurse in the influenza ward at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, during the Spanish flu epidemic.

Movements of soldiers internationally and domestically helped to spread the flu virus and the overlap of the war and the pandemic makes it difficult to isolate the economic and financial effects of each. 

To learn more about the Spanish flu, and how it compares to the current pandemic, see CBS Sunday Morning's video: