It has been said that history repeats itself. Today, is no different. The epidemic (dare I say pandemic?!) is being very closely compared to the Spanish Flu of 1918. There are some key differences, mainly who the Spanish flu killed vs. the primary death group of Covid-19. We will touch on a few more of the differences a little later in the article.
The Spanish Flu began in 1918 and devastated the world. It killed between 20 million and anywhere from 50 up to 100 million people (depending on what research you go by). It is estimated that 500 million people were infected by the virus worldwide. Although the virus became decreasingly more predominant, the Spanish flu was still active until the mid 1920’s.
Like Covid-19, the Spanish flu was made worse by travel, mainly the returning troops coming back from Europe in the first world war. In 1918, travel was done by ships, so the spread of the virus was not nearly as fast as it is today. With air travel, viruses can spread to other countries and continents in a matter of hours! Making Covid-19 all the more dangerous.