I wonder what my latest ghost died from? Possibly she died in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic…
It is a real shame as Helen was such a sweet little girl in her knee-length dress and coat with white socks and ankle boots.
Once again, my writing topic required a bit of research. Historic-uk.com introduces this subject as follows:
“The ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 was one of the greatest medical disasters of the 20th century. This was a global pandemic, an airborne virus which affected every continent.”
According to this article, the Spanish Flu got its name because the first reported cases were in Spain. Germany, the USA, Britain and France all had media blackouts on news that might lower morale. The King of Spain was one of the first casualties of this extremely contagious virus.
Some interesting facts about the Spanish flu virus are as follows:
- Young adults, aged between 20 and 30 years old, were particularly affected. The disease struck hard and progressed quickly.
- Walt Disney is a famous survivor of the Spanish flu.
- More people died of the Spanish flu during 1918/19 than in the four years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351.
- The mortality rate of the 1918 flu epidemic was 20% of those infected. This is 200% higher than the usual flu mortality rate of 0.1%.
- WW1 helped the flu spread more quickly as the soldiers lived closely together in the camps and trenches.
- The flu turned to a vicious pneumonia within hours. The faces and bodies of dying victims turned blue from lack of oxygen.
I knew about the flu pandemic but I didn’t know a lot of this detail. Very interesting and scary.
Have a lovely evening.