Number in The News: 1918 — the coronavirus could change the way homes are designed

May 26, 2020

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Construction workers are seen working at a site following the outbreak of the coronavirus, London, May 11, 2020.

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From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 1918.

The 1918 influenza pandemic had a profound influence on how homes — and in particular, bathrooms — were designed. The coronavirus could have the same impact. Lloyd Alter, a design historian and professor at Ryerson University School of Interior Design in Toronto, explains what changes may be coming. Sinks in hallways, anyone?

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