5 Things You Didn't Know About the Deadliest Pandemic in History
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.
1. The Spanish Flu infected 500 million people, which was a third of the world population. It killed 100 million of those infected.
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.
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.
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.
5. The fatality rate was 15%. That’s around 35 times worse than COVID-19!