Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 12 months ago

Why was the 1918 Spanish Flu so much worse then the 2009 Swine Flu, Polio, or the current Coronavirus Plague?

6 Answers

  • martin
    Lv 7
    12 months ago
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    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.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Just remember that the world's population in 1918 was about 1.6 billion. Now it is about 7.5 billion.

  • Anonymous
    10 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".

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    It wasn't.

    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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  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Because there were no antibiotics in 1918. After antibiotics were developed, secondary infections like pneumonia were now manageable and far less deadly.

  • 12 months ago

    Containment procedures, the idea of social distancing, better medical facilities, better understanding of how pandemics work, vaccines.....

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