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Stronger Than Coronavirus : The Flu Pandemic of 1918 Killed More People in One Year

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How does the coronavirus compare to the Spanish flu

The horrific scale of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is hard to fathom. The virus infected 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims— that’s more than all of the soldiers and civilians killed during World War I combined The Spanish flu that spread around the world a century ago killing millions puts the coronavirus crisis in perspective

1. Victims of the Spanish flu at a barracks hospital on the campus of Colorado Agricultural College, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1918

 

2. A nurse checking on a patient at the Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward during the influenza pandemic, circa 1918

 

3. Facemasks are used as a precaution against the flu in Washington state in 1918-1919

 

4. Donning a mask, a man uses a pump to spray an unknown “anti-flu” substance in the United Kingdom, circa 1920

 

5. Facemasks are used as a precaution against the flu in Washington state in 1918-1919

 

6. The Etaples camp (in 1915) was filled by a constant rotation of war-fatigued soldiers and located alongside farms filled with ducks, geese, and pigs

 

7. St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps workers and ambulances waiting to receive influenza patients in 1918

 

9. A gravely ill young man in the United States in November 1918

10. A grave for American victims of the virus in France

 





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