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The Dreaded 1918 Influenza Pandemic

History holds it that The Spanish flu (also known as the 1918 flu pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people—about a quarter of the world's population at the time. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, where is Coronavirus?and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

Data analysis

Disease

Influenza


Virus strain

H1N1

Location

Worldwide

First outbreak

Unknown

First reported

Spain

Date

January 1918 – December 1920

Confirmed cases

500 million (estimate)

Deaths

17–50 million (estimate).

To maintain morale, World War the censored minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States.

Newspapers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain, such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII, and these stories created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit.This gave rise to the pandemic's nickname, "Spanish flu".

Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty the pandemic's geographic origin, with varying views as to the origin.

Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill the very young and the very old, with a higher survival rate for those in between, but the Spanish flu pandemic resulted in a higher than expected mortality rate for young adults.Scientists offer several possible explanations for the high mortality rate of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Some analyses have shown the virus to be particularly deadly because it triggers a cytokine storm, which ravages the stronger immune system of young adults. In contrast, a 2007 analysis of medical journals from the period of the pandemic found that the viral infection was no more aggressive than previous influenza strains.

Instead, malnourishment, overcrowded medical camps and hospitals, and poor hygiene promoted bacterial superinfection. This superinfection killed most of the victims, typically after a somewhat prolonged death bed.

The Spanish flu was the first of two pandemics caused by the H1N1 influenza virus;

Life is precious, let's work together to end Covid-19 for ever .no my how small Covid-19 is compare to this Spanish flu,we won't joke around with it,I can only imagine what the people living during that time faced.

Let's start the end Covid-19 movement now

#end Covid-19.

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