- The Spanish flu, also known as 1918 Pandemic was a viral disease strikingly similar to COVID-19 and nearly wiped the entire planet
- It killed over 50 million people, which is far more than those who died during the First World War
- Many people had to dig graves for their own family members due to the massive nature of the 1918 Influenza
In 1918, a pandemic called The Spanish flu or 1918 Pandemic with flu-like symptoms that were just like the current coronavirus or COVID-19 being experienced around the world today killed almost everyone on the planet but for a 'mysterious' intervention.
According to Cdc.gov and history.com, every single country in the world was affected massively including people on isolated Islands.
At the peak of the disease, one in every three people in the entire world was affected and the number of people who died was 50 million, which is 10 million more than the number of people who died during the First World War.
The flu took a heavy human toll, wiping out entire families and leaving countless widows and orphans in its wake. Funeral parlours were overwhelmed as numerous bodies were always piled up.
It is reported that many people had to dig graves for their own family members due to the massive nature of the 1918 Influenza.
Perhaps, the most striking part of the Influenza story is how similar it is to COVID-19. First of all, scientists were baffled by the nature of the virus as it had not been seen before.
All attempts to put the pandemic to and end proved futile as nobody was able to develop any vaccine. Also, it spread from country to country very rapidly just like coronavirus is currently doing.
In addition, the methods that were heavily employed to control the Influenza were isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limitations of public gatherings just like COVID-19 is presently being controlled 'unsuccessfully'.
Also, the virus affected people through the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs, causing many to experience fever, nausea, aches and sore throat.
The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history and it ended just as mysteriously as it started.
With no one able to control the pandemic, it was literally left to kill as many people as it could until it was 'tired' and just disappeared in every country all over the world.
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