the flu

the flu

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  • Spanish flu is a flu pandemic that infected 500 million and killed 20-50 million people worldwide
  • The flu happened in 1918-1919
  • The disease is called "The Spanish Flu", because Spain was one of the earliest countries to be hit hard by it.
  •  When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, respiratory droplets are transmitted into the air and can then be inhaled by anyone nearby. 
  • Influenza is a virus that attacks the respiratory system. The virus is highly contagious.
  • In the U.S., citizens were ordered to wear masks, and schools, theaters and public places were closed.
  • According to journalist Gina Kolata, more U.S. soldiers died from the flu than died in the battle during World War I.
  • Unlike today, doctors had no effective vaccines or antivirals to treat the flu
  • The outbreak also affected U.S. economy. Many businesses were forced to shut down because so many employees were sick
  • By the summer of 1919 the flu pandemic cam to the end. Since then there were several flu pandemic, yet they were not as deadly
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