Though not many knew it, in the midst of war a terrible epidemic broke out. In time it would be known as the Spanish Flu and it would kill more people than the war itself in half the time.
Someone call a doctor!
WWI ends but the Spanish Flu is just starting. By this point, people have caught on.
Hey, did you hear? The Spanish Flu is dying down!
The Spanish Flu is recognized worldwide as a deadly epidemic. It is highly infectious and has a 20% lethality rate, killing many people worldwide. October 1918 alone killed almost 200,000 Americans.
It's finally over! Hooray!
The Spanish Flu hits many cities such as Seattle, Washington, Boston, Chicago, New York, etc. killing as much as 800 people in one city, in just 24 hours. The most susceptible to the illness were young adults. and there was often a high mortality rate for pregnant women.
The outbreak starts to die down, but it is still not over. March 1919 is the first month that no flu-related deaths occured in Seattle.
Well, at least it's looking up for the ones who haven't succumbed to it.
By late 1919, the epidemic has done its damage and slows down drastically. Though exact numbers remain uncertain, the epidemic killed up to 100 million people and it will forever be remembered as it was one of the largest epidemics to date.