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5 Things You Didn't Know About the Deadliest Pandemic in History

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The Spanish Flu, which is also known as the 1918 Flu Pandemic, was the deadliest pandemic in history. It was a type of influenza pandemic which lasted from February 1918 to April 1920.

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1. The Spanish Flu infected 500 million people, which was a third of the world population. It killed 100 million of those infected.

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2. It was also called the Blue Death: because as victim’s lungs clogged with fluids, their bodies became starved of oxygen and their fingers, toes, nose, ears, and mouth started becoming blue.

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3. We still don’t know when or where the Spanish Flu actually started. Historians and virologists have multiple origin theories, including Kansas, France, and China.

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4. Unlike the normal seasonal flu, the Spanish Flu was most deadly to young adults. The majority of those it killed were young adults, between 20 and 40 years old.

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5. The fatality rate was 15%. That’s around 35 times worse than COVID-19!

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