Why was the 1918 Spanish Flu so much worse then the 2009 Swine Flu, Polio, or the current Coronavirus Plague?
- martinLv 712 months agoFavorite Answer
The numbers were a lot higher. The Spanish Flu (1918-1920) killed 100 million people mostly because of poor conditions during World War One. It had nothing to do with Spain, except that Spanish journalists were the first to spread news of the flu.
- Anonymous5 months ago
Just remember that the world's population in 1918 was about 1.6 billion. Now it is about 7.5 billion.
- Anonymous10 months ago
It was a very deadly influenza that didn't so much bother babies and old people (with weak immune systems), as it did the strong, healthy young adults.
It overpowered their lungs with a "cytokine storm".
- AthenaLv 712 months ago
The "Spanish Flu" was only the beginning. It weakened many people and made them more susceptible to Pneumococcal pneumonia. That is what really killed so many people.
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- Anonymous12 months ago
Because there were no antibiotics in 1918. After antibiotics were developed, secondary infections like pneumonia were now manageable and far less deadly.
- L. E. GantLv 712 months ago
Containment procedures, the idea of social distancing, better medical facilities, better understanding of how pandemics work, vaccines.....