The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic is said to be the deadliest of its kind in history as it killed one in four people worldwide and took over 50 million lives.
In an era where the knowledge of modern medicines was not yet developed, a lot of people couldn’t understand how the disease was contracted and spread, and the medical personnel also misdiagnosed the illness because of its close similarities with the common cold.
The bloodshed of World War 1, which statistically claimed about 20 million lives between 1914 and 1918 left the whole world in a state of dilemma. Just before this war ended, another worldwide catastrophic disaster was looming.
Although the 1918 Spanish Flu was not widely known around the world, it claimed about three times the number of deaths that were caused by World War 1.
The Spanish Flu, which is also known as H1N1 influenza, took the world by surprise in 1918 and killed more than a quarter of the world’s population.
The Flu got to even the farthest places of the earth right from the Arctic to the isolated pacific islands and consumed more than 50 million lives throughout the globe (although some experts believe that it claimed above 100 million lives).
When this pandemic was about to end in the late 1918s, it was the world’s worst-ever epidemic outbreak in the history of humankind.
To date, experts have not been able to explain the reasons why the Flu was deadly and where it originated from.
However, it has been established that the Great War (World War 1) was instrumental in escalating the Spanish Flu pandemic as well as the mortality rate of the disease.
Many world leaders tried to trivialize the effect of the Spanish Flu in their various countries so that rivals will not perceive them to be weak during the Great War.
The facts and figures about the Spanish Flu only came to light decades after the Great War had ended.