#Interesting history – 1918 Spanish flu epidemic

Kuvahaun tulos haulle Interesting facts about the Spanish flu of 1918

I wonder what my latest ghost died from? Possibly she died in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic…

Two girls walking past park benches in 1916

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:

  1. Young adults, aged between 20 and 30 years old, were particularly affected. The disease struck hard and progressed quickly.
  2. Walt Disney is a famous survivor of the Spanish flu.
  3. 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.
  4. 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%.
  5. WW1 helped the flu spread more quickly as the soldiers lived closely together in the camps and trenches.
  6. 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.


8 thoughts on “#Interesting history – 1918 Spanish flu epidemic

  1. Hi, Robbie. When I developed a family tree for my main character in my Point Pleasant Series, I had one of her relatives die from the Flu Epidemic of 1918. Given so many people lost their lives then, I think it also contributed to the rebirth of the Spiritualism movement which saw a new explosion of interest in the 1920s. I love research and history!

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  2. Funny how the Black Plague always stands out in memory more than the many things which were actually worse. Did you know that it still exists? In New Mexico it shows up in the rural countryside. However, now it’s treated with antibiotics.

    I enjoyed this little thought excursion with you, Robbie. Happy writing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. I was actually going to feature the black plague but then I decided to rather use a more recent historical event. The Spanish flu was a huge tragedy for the world. There was an outbreak of bubonic plague in Madagascar at the end of last year. My friend, who lives their, was in South Africa to have her third baby. They had to wait for 2 months before they could return home.

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