In 1918, just when World War 1 was about to end, the World suffered an even bigger tragedy. Compared to the 21 million casualties of the war, the Spanish Flu was much deadlier.
The virus infected over 500 million people and killed between 50-100 million. Even the most remote regions in the South Pacific or the Arctic were not spared. The epidemic’s scale was hard to see at first because many countries did not report fatalities due to wartime censorship. Except for Spain, that is. Hence it seemed that the Flu originated there (which is not the case) and the flu was named after it.
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