It is more than 100 years since the Spanish flu hit the world in 1918. Also, deaths come up to 100 million, which is 5 percent of the population in the whole world during that time. There were billions of people who got sick. Hence, most of them are young and healthy people. In history, it is the greatest pandemic ever, before COVID 19 hit the world. There is a lot of wrong information about this illness. Many have their own stories to tell. As a result, more wrong stories about it need some corrections.
The following are myths about the Spanish flu that needs better understanding.
1. It comes from Spain
It is not from Spain, but it was named after a King got sick of it. A war is happening in some parts of the world during that time. The illness is among countries like France, Germany, Austria, the US, and the United Kingdom. Hence, Spain has nothing to do with the war and the illness. The truth is that it comes from Kansas, Europe, and East Asia.
2. The End of Mankind
The 1918 flu epidemic during that time spread fear to people. Many believe that it was made from a very deadly virus that can kill all people around the world. However, it is just a simple illness that becomes deadly because of war. A huge number of sick people come from military camps and places with poor sanitation.
Besides, the overcrowding in camps and other places because of war made it deadly. Also, the lack of food and poor health of people is another reason.
3. First Wave is Deadly
The first people who got sick from the 1918 flu epidemic are low in numbers. It was the second wave of the illness from October to December of 1918 got the highest number. Hence, the third one was during the spring of the next year. Also, people with mild signs are inside their houses. However, those with serious signs were inside crowded hospitals.
4. It killed all Sick People
The truth is that a large number of sick people during that time survived the 1918 flu epidemic. Additionally, death does not reach more than 20 percent around the world. However, the number is different from one country to another.
5. No Cure
Some blame the Spanish flu death increase in aspirin. There are some people during that time that suffer from poisoning from this drug. It is due to the overuse of the drug. Hence, the cure for it is still unknown, but medical care is enough to treat it. However, many death also comes from places with no supply of aspirin.
6. It was all over the news
Unlike today, the news is not available for all during that time. Hence, the government wants to avoid panic and ensure order. Also, war can make the situation worse. Even without news, authorities did their best to stop the spread of the illness.
7. The Illness Stop the War
Although it infected several soldiers, the war continues. Hence, it is the reason why it affects more people.
8. Vaccine Stop the Illness
There is no vaccine to stop the Spanish flu death. It is not the reason for the end of the illness. However, some exposure to it develops some protection for many people. For instance, old soldiers inside the military have a higher chance of getting better than new ones. Also, the virus changes over time, making it less deadly.
9. Popular People got it
Two of the most popular people during that time got sick. The US President Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt also got sick. Hence, both of them survived the illness.
10. Similar to Bird Flu
Experts say that it is the same as the new bird flu. After some studies, they believe that the 1918 and the new one has the same origin.
Today, the world is facing a new sickness. Hence, in 1918 there is a higher chance of getting better and winning against it. Like the old flu, treatment of the signs like cough, fever, flu, and more can make people better. Also, the right information and cleanliness are very important. Good health is also a key to stay away from it.