What should I know about the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?

The 1918 influenza pandemic occurred in three waves and was the most severe pandemic in history.

There were 3 different waves of illness during the pandemic, starting in March 1918 and subsiding by summer of 1919. 

The pandemic peaked in the U.S. during the second wave, in the fall of 1918. 

This highly fatal second wave was responsible for most of the U.S. deaths attributed to the pandemic.

More people died during the 1918 pandemic than the total number of military and civilian deaths that resulted from World War I.

1918 flu pandemic death toll
An estimated 1/3 of the world’s population was infected with the 1918 flu virus – resulting in at least 50 million deaths worldwide.
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The 3 waves of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The Spanish flu swept the world in three waves: the first in the spring of 1918, the second in September of the same year and the third in the spring of 1919.

And the second wave involved a mutated form of the disease - which proved to be far deadlier than the first.

Why Spanish Flu Killed Over 50 Million People - Deadliest Plague in Modern History

The Spanish flu swept the world between January 1918 through December 1920, infecting over 500 million people around the world. At first, it was just a normal flu, but it's second wave was the deadliest.

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