There are 308 COVID-19 patients in Victoria hospitals.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers and statistics | Australian Government Department of Health
On August 9, 1919 there were 946 influenza patients in Melbourne hospitals.
09 Aug 1919 – ANOTHER INFLUENZA DEATH – Trove
The population of Victoria is about four times higher now.
10 Aug 1915 – POPULATION OF VICTORIA. – Trove
The mask superstition was just as prevalent 100 years ago as it is now.
“Indeed, the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on the matter do not require operating staff to wear a mask in theatre.8 This decision was based primarily upon the findings of a Cochrane systematic review.9”
“Medical or surgical masks
Seven studies took place in the community, and two studies in healthcare workers. Compared with wearing no mask, wearing a mask may make little to no difference in how many people caught a flu-like illness (9 studies; 3507 people); and probably makes no difference in how many people have flu confirmed by a laboratory test (6 studies; 3005 people). Unwanted effects were rarely reported, but included discomfort.
Four studies were in healthcare workers, and one small study was in the community. Compared with wearing medical or surgical masks, wearing N95/P2 respirators probably makes little to no difference in how many people have confirmed flu (5 studies; 8407 people); and may make little to no difference in how many people catch a flu-like illness (5 studies; 8407 people) or respiratory illness (3 studies; 7799 people). Unwanted effects were not well reported; discomfort was mentioned”
It seems that as time goes on we learn nothing, but just go along with what everyone else is doing.