The Laws And Protective Legislation

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LAWS/ PROTECTIVE LEGISLATION
The APHA asked states to pass laws forbidding spitting, coughing and sneezing in public without covering the mouth to prevent the spread of influenza. Legislation was passed to prevent the use of common cups and required sterilization of eating and drinking utensils. Caregivers were encouraged to wear gauze masks when caring for patients and advertisements encouraged people wash hands frequently, especially before meals, and avoid sharing hand towels or eating and drinking with shared utensils. Additional protective measures suggested by the APHA included: Sterilization and disinfection for bedding and nurses uniforms, gauze hospital masks, paper tissues, and antiseptic hand wash. Pasteurization of milk was also required. Anyone who died of influenza was buried in a sealed coffin.

GOV’T MEDICAL ORG /MEDICAL COMMUNITY/ W COMMUNITY
AGENCIES/ COMMUNITY SUPPORT CHALLENGES
Because World War I had left many communities with a shortage of trained medical personnel, in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued an order to include the Public Health Service (PHS) as a branch of the military. By doing so, the PHS could increase an officer’s pay and benefits to match those of the military. Because medical staffing was such a problem during the war and Influenza pandemic, Congress passed the Reserve Corps act for the Public Health Service in October, 1918. In theory, the Reserve Corps could be called to duty in case of a National emergency, but it was…
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