1918 Spanish Influenza Virus

The 1918 Spanish Flu was a disaster that led to the forgotten fallen souls of millions of lives. At the time, there was no proper vaccine to deal with this virus replication.

What is it?

According to a documentary the Spanish Flu was the world’s most deadly pandemic, spreading from 1918-1919. Over the course of two years, it infected and killed over 50 million people. This disease gets its name from the Spanish media, which was the first to announce the epidemic after 8 million Spanish people died.

Where is it located?

From Spain, the 1918 flu spread throughout Europe before making its way to the U.S. and Asia, eventually hitting all corners of the world. Its worldwide spread can be associated with the 96,000 Chinese workers who moved to Britain and France to work behind their lines of war while sealed in train-cars.

How it will kill you?

The Spanish Flu was highly contagious disaster. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, respiratory droplets are generated and transmitted into the air, which can then be inhaled by anyone nearby. Symptoms of this virus are similar to those of seasonal influenza, which include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, fever, and headache. Severe issues and diseases to the respiratory system are the most common causes of death as they damage to the lungs, inflame the airways, and cause bleeding, swelling, and a destruction of the lungs’ surface cell layers.

How to survive?

During the 1918 epidemic, doctors and scientists were unaware of what caused it, let alone how to treat it. Patients were told to follow seasonal influenza protocols such as drinking water and fruit juices every half hour, using hot blankets and short, hot baths to relieve the pain and fever, and dealing with rapid heart rates through the use of ice packs and cold compresses. Nowadays, there exist several effective vaccines and antiviral drugs to deal with this sickness.


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