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Dec. 21, 1918 Continued
REPORT ONLY 2 NEW CASES OF FLU FOR FRIDAY
Only two new cases of flu were reported to the health officer, E. B. Pickel, Friday, one by Dr. Hart and one by Dr. Poelinitz. The rapid falling off of new cases the past week indicates that the epidemic either has entirely spent its force or is on the wane.
Advocates of the compulsory wearing of flu masks are elated at the following telegram sent the Civic League of Improvement clubs of San Francisco this week by Dr. Rupert Blue, director of the United States health service at Washington, regarding the value of masks:
“Masks properly made and correctly applied and conscientiously worn are of undoubted value. Believe better results can be secured by education and appeal for proper voluntary use in the general population than by perfunctory compliance resulting from compulsory ordinance. Masks should be compulsory among sick contacts and those attending the sick. Doubtful if compulsory use by general population will give better results. San Francisco should be able to judge from its own experience.”
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
The school board at a recent meeting decided to open the public schools Monday, Dec. 30, providing conditions relating to the flu epidemic remain as favorable as at present. This put at rest a rumor which was in circulation yesterday that the board would reopen the schools next Thursday, the day after Christmas, and was already sending word to that effect to the teachers who are visiting away from the city. The Medford schools have only been in session six weeks this year and have been closed nine weeks. While many teachers have been sick with the flu there was only one death. The board reports that there are not many pupils and teachers sick at present.
Many Medford homes were gladdened today thru the arrival and distribution of an unusually heavy mail from France. This was regarded at the post office as the forerunner of Christmas mail from soldiers, as the war department urged long ago that each soldier in service write a letter to his mother or father in time to reach them by Christmas.