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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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