In­fluenza mys­tery

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Alanna Mitchell’s story on the Span­ish Flu (“Out­break,” Septem­ber/oc­to­ber) fi­nally cleared up a mys­tery for me. Ap­par­ently, some peo­ple wore cot­ton bags around their necks filled with cam­phor, be­liev­ing it would ward off the virus. My grand­mother, who would have been 20 years old in 1918, made me wear a cam­phor bag when I was a child, claim­ing it would keep me from get­ting sick. I took some teas­ing over it at school and fig­ured it was some­thing she’d thought up on her own. Now I re­al­ize she’d prob­a­bly heard about it dur­ing the in­fluenza pan­demic.

Jil Mcin­tosh Oshawa, Ont.

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