New York ‘Mask Up America’ Shows 1918 Influenza Photos to Urge Mask Wearing


New York State is participating in a new “Mask Up, America” public service announcement campaign that  highlights the effective use of masks during the 1918 deadly Influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people – then, a third of the world’s population. The advertisement features archival photos of people wearing masks during the 1918 outbreak, which was crucial to preventing the spread of the deadly virus, to inspire Americans to wear masks today during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new national “Mask Up America” campaign features Robert De Niro, Kaitlyn Dever, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, John Leguizamo, Anthony Mackie, Rosie Perez, Ellen Pompeo, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Wright.